Paul Davies, Principal Investigator, Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology, ASU Bio and Contact Info
Listen (4:05) The phone call
Listen (3:39) Too focused on a cure
Listen (8:21) What is your theory about cancer?
Listen (4:55) Evolutionary roots of cancer can suggest new therapies
Listen (3:31) Is your message taking root?
Listen (5:21) We must have new ideas
Paul Davies has had a full career as a theoretical physicist. He’s the author of some popular books, most notably, God and the New Physics. In 2007 Paul received a call from someone he’d never heard of before, Anna Barker, then the Deputy Director of the NCI. She wanted to recruit him to the War on Cancer.
“Anna said that she felt that physicists had been very successful in their own sphere. They figured out how the atom works and how the universe works. What about figuring out how cancer works. My reply was that I didn’t know anything about cancer. And she said, 'that’s fine.’”
In today’s interview Paul explains the theory he has developed by following cancer back to its evolutionary roots.
“Cancer is a reversion, or throwback, or rewinding of the evolutionary clock at high speed,” he says.
And therefore, looking at the conditions of life and of the earth at the time cancer developed, Paul argues, can offer new ways of developing treatment. Paul says that we’ve been too focused on “the C word” or a cure. He thinks that rather, we should look at ways to be able to delay cancer.
Is his message taking root? Join us as we probe an entire new way of looking at cancer.
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