posted on Feb, 6 2013 @ 07:28 AM
reply to post by Bedlam
Cancer is a multifaceted disease which arises from unfortunate mutations.
There are several specific mutations that need to happen for cancer to occur, and even then, you have tumour suppressant capabilities that can outpace
any cancerous division.
The real problem comes when your tumour suppressing genes also mutate in such a way as to impede their function. When that happens, AND your oncogenes
are mutated in the right way, cancer happens.
Doing one without the other will not cause cancer, both at the same time is bad.
unityemissions is right, in a way, cancer IS nature's catch all killer, it's like a death redundancy mechanism to make sure you die eventually even if
you avoid the wolves and the cars and the falls and the pathogens and the too much sunlight and the not enough sunlight. Cancer will always get you.
It will happen eventually, it's inevitable due to the random nature of mutation, it's like playing russian roulette but with a massive barrel and 1
bullet. Eventually, you will shoot yourself, it might take a lot of spins, but eventually it will happen.
That said, if we change the OP's scenario slightly and say we manipulate our telomeres in to lengthening during mitosis, we would probably have the
ability to manipulate the rest of our genome too, effectively ending disease.
edit on 6-2-2013 by Dispo because: (no reason given)