Benjamin Roche (IRD) with staff at INEN

On August 14th, Dr. Benjamin Roche from IRD gave a plenary conference on the topic: “An evolutionary perspective on cancer”, as part of his secondment at INEN, Peru. During this conference, Benjamin drew a panorama about how evolutionary ecology can improve our knowledge about cancer. He talked about how cancerous cells can compete with other kind of cells, especially the cells of the immune system, in a similar manner to animal species within an ecological community. He also discussed how characterizing and considering evolutionary dynamics of cancer cells within a tumoral ecosystem can allow envisioning new kind of strategies against cancer, especially to delay the emergence of chemotherapy resistance.

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