Declaring a Cyber War on Cancer

In the face of mounting evidence that cancer cells communicate, cooperate and even engage in collective decision-making, biophysicists and cancer researchers at Rice University, Tel Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University are suggesting a new strategy for outsmarting cancer through its own social intelligence.

Article co-author Eshel Ben-Jacob, a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP), said, “Cancer is a sophisticated enemy. There’s growing evidence that cancer cells use advanced communications to work together to enslave normal cells, create metastases, resist drugs and decoy the body’s immune system.”

“It’s time to declare a cyber war on cancer,” said Ben-Jacob, who, along with Coffey, is speaking today at a workshop titled “Failures in Clinical Treatment of Cancer” at Princeton University.

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