Book Rebel cell : cancer, evolution and the new science of life / Kat Arney.
Publication year: 2021
Media class: Book
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781474609319 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2020.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Extent: xviii, 390 pages ; 20 cm
Total number of loans: 1
Loans this year: 0
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Cancer has always been with us. It killed our hominid ancestors, the mammals they evolved from and the dinosaurs that trampled the ground before that. Tumours grow in pets, livestock, and wild animals. Paradoxically, many of us think of cancer as a contemporary killer, a disease of our own making caused by our modern lifestyles. But that's not true. We get cancer because we can't not get it. Cancer starts when cells revolt, throwing off their molecular shackles, and growing and dividing out of control in a shambolic mockery of normal life. Geneticist and science writer Kat Arney takes the reader back to the dawn of life on planet earth right up to the present day to get to the heart of what cancer really is and how by better understanding it we might one day overcome it.