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Beating Cancer By Outsmarting Cells

Constant Wonder
  • Apr 1, 2020 7:00 pm
  • 50:31

Evolution Can Help Us Understand Cancer Guest: Athena Aktipis, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University; Co-Director, The Human Generosity Project; Director, Interdisciplinary Cooperation Initiative, ASU; author, "The Cheating Cell: How Evolution Helps Us Understand and Treat Cancer" Cells in our body both cheat and cooperate to survive. Understanding these processes can help battle cancer.  The Tiny Brain Cells That Connect Body and Brain Guest: Donna Jackson Nakazawa, author, "The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine" For years, scientists have explained mental disorders and illnesses as chemical imbalances in the brain. In "The Angel and the Assassin," Donna Jackson Nakazawa follows recent scientific research on microglia cells, tiny brain cells whose connecting role between our body and our mind reveal a new understanding of mental disorders that challenges our perceptions and provides hope for more effective treatments.