Recent study: Cancer not necessarily due to long, slow process of mutation
|April 5, 2011||Posted by News under Biology|
A woman who has had a normal mammogram shortly afterward develops an aggressive tumour?
In “Cancer Can Develop in Catastrophic Burst”, Nicholas Wade ( New York Times, January 10, 2011) reports
The finding marks a striking exception to the current theory of how cancer develops. Cells are thought to become cancerous over many years as they collect, one by one, the mutations required to override the many genetic restraints on a cell’s growth. It now seems that a cell can gain all or most of these cancerous mutations in a single event.
Darwinists might well contain their hopes, however. It is a single destructive event. Not a single creative event.
Usually a cell that suffers this much damage will destroy itself, either immediately or after it has tried unsuccessfully to repair its chromosomes. But in certain cases, the self-destruct mechanism evidently fails, leaving a cell like Frankenstein’s monster, with badly patched-up chromosomes but a survival advantage that leads to unrestrained growth.
The survival advantage is that cancer cells don’t do anything except grow until they kill the entire body without leaving descendants.
So much for life and growth without design.