Sunday, 15 January 2012

Something John Green taught me.

Bare with me on this, my mind is still partially blown.

Cancer is part of the evolutionary process to immortality.

I learnt a few weeks ago of the immortality of cancer cells from my biology teacher, they literally are immortal. They can divide infinitely whereas normal cells would divide say 40 times before they die.
Cancer is caused by mutation, which is fundamentally what brought us here.. Mutation of the apes cells that caused us to evolve into humans.
Cancer isn't caused by a microorganism or pathogen so we cannot irradicate it like we did to smallpox and rabies in the uk. Because we cannot kill every bacteria/virus that causes it because it is not caused by such things. Like you can kill it by radiation because our own cells would be killed by radiation and it is our own cells that have mutated. If it is mutation of our own cells then surely this suggest the mutation is heading towards immortal humans? It sounds crazy, or science fictional but it makes sense (to me at least). It stands to reason that people die from it because our bodies are not evolutionary ready for cells that live and divide forever?
So if we can't prevent it, in a way which we stop everyone in the worlds cells from mutating and changing because this would inevitably stop the evolution process that I believe still hasn't finished, we need a way to survive it. Maybe cancer survivors are further down the path of evolution than others? I don't know.

Why John Green made me think of this: in his book, the fault in our star, the character Peter Van Houten (a character I have come to despise) says to Hazel and Gus, "you are a side effect of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation." which for the start, is not something you say to someone with cancer and is the reason I dislike the character. But maybe he had a point about the evolution bit?

Either way, we need to find more treatments that make people survive cancer. It has such a devastating effect on what we think of as a developed world, maybe we don't understand the world much more than we did when we were eating bananas and sitting. trees? (I'm referring to apes, in case this is confusing). It effects nearly every person who ever lived and takes far to many innocent lives.
So yeah, definitely going to be raising money for cancer research in the future.

P.s. this will probably be in my drafts for a while on the whole 'no spoilers' basis.

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