Malignancy may contribute to rapid evolution

Medical Hypotheses
K M Fischer

Abstract

Characteristics of malignant tumors, including anaerobic metabolism and metastases to lung, liver, bone and brain, may permit the enhanced survival of edited parts of the genome during periods of rapid environmental change. Carcinogenesis may be partially analogous to fossilization.

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