From Mel Greaves et al. at BNC Biology:
Paraphrasing Dobzhansky’s famous dictum, I discuss how interrogating cancer through the lens of evolution has transformed our understanding of its development, causality and treatment resistance. The emerging picture of cancer captures its extensive diversity and therapeutic resilience, highlighting the need for more innovative approaches to control. Abstract: )
Greaves’s article is more silliness from “Darwinian medicine.”
Greaves: “An evolutionary logic pervades all major areas of cancer sciences.”
Me: So evolutionary logic can explain the progression of a deadly disease. How does this help us explain the origin of new species, organs, and body plans—except, perhaps by invoking the opposite of evolution?
Greaves: “The majority [of cancers] are potentially preventable. For example by prudent avoidance, modified behaviour or prophylaxis. Secondly most cancers are curable by surgery or radiotherapy if detected early when localized.”
Me again: Evolutionary logic contributes nothing to these approaches to avoiding or curing cancer. So nothing in the prevention or cure of cancer makes sense in the light of evolution.
Wells expects Darwinians to suddenly realize the need to make sense. But because they are accepted as pomo scientists, they need not make sense.
Evolutionary medicine can just be politically correct nonsense.
See also: “Core principles of evolutionary medicine” still clinically useless
Evolutionary medicine: Insomnia in the elderly is due to evolution?
What exactly does “evolutionary medicine” do that requires this expensive outlay?