Fractal entropy: the return of unified theory of cancer
- Publisher: SciDoc Publishers
Fractal Entropy | cellular dynamics | Cancer
The concept of a unified theory for cancer is not novel, in fact it was first proposed by Spandidos in 1986 where it was postulated that cancer development was an orchestrated series of genetic and epigenetic events which were significantly related to both genetic and environmental factors. In a recent review by Garland another unified theory has emerged and a new model of cancer development has been proposed. In this case, it has been defined as retuning the energy required by a cell to maintain homeostasis, to a state of maximum energy entropy (dissipation) arising from increased cellular dynamics. Garland has postulated that this process can be driven by specific mutations, or other molecular changes, that will re-direct energy flow within a cell to one favouring neoplastic transformation.