My name is Stacie Roberts and my major is Sociology, and I am taking this course because I need a Natural Science course in order to graduate. The 3 blog posts are as follows: www.livescience.com/6021-ongoing-evolution-explain-mysterious-rise-diseases.html
I found the article on cancer www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/cancer/cancer_evolution.html to be informative and interesting because I am a two year breast cancer survivor. I chose this article because I wanted to get a better understanding of how good cells turn into bad cells, and how or what can we do to prevent this from happening?
In order for a normal cell to become cancerous, it must first go through a series of mutations, in which it will continue to divide and multiply until a bigger and stronger cell comes for a visit. At this point, the unwelcome cell is more muscular and aggressive and will decide to claim their territory.
The cells near the growing tumor will lose their strength and energy, and the cells that avoided the tumor must now find a new home in another organ of the body. At this point the cells meet a Good Samaritan (a cell that has mutated), and become best friends (both cells). The mutated cells and the non-mutated cells decide to become best friends forever (bff), and they continue to divide and multiply.
According to this article, this process takes years, and you’re likely to die from some other illness before developing cancer. In addition, the mutated cells can only mutate in certain genes, and in the correct place in these genes. If this is true, there has to be something that we all have in common, and that we are all doing, all of the time. Once we find what this “something is,” only then will we find a permanent cure for cancer.