The Promising Connection Between Data Science and Evolutionary Theory in Oncology.
Goodman, Jonathan R
Frontiers in Oncology
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Goodman, J. R., & Ashrafian, H. (2019). The Promising Connection Between Data Science and Evolutionary Theory in Oncology.. Frontiers in Oncology, 9 https://doi.org/10.3389/fonc.2019.01527
Theoretical and empirical work over the past several decades suggests that oncogenesis and disease progression represents an evolutionary story. Despite this knowledge, current anti-resistance strategies to drugs are often managed through treating cancers as independent biological agents divorced from human activity. Yet once drug resistance to cancer treatment is understood as a product of artificial or anthropogenic rather than unconscious selection, oncologists could improve outcomes for their patients by consulting evolutionary studies of oncology prior to clinical trial and treatment plan design. In the setting of multiple cancer types, for example, a machine learning algorithm can predict the genetic changes known to be related to drug resistance. In this way, a unity between technology and theory might have practical clinical implications-and may pave the way for a new paradigm shift in medicine.
Artificial intelligence, Cancer Control, Evolutionary Biology, Cancer Evolution, Data Science
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fonc.2019.01527
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/303383
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