Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Can Game Theory Explain Invasive Tumor Metabolism?

Game theory, the discipline behind the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind and the science that predicts strategies and payoffs in competitive scenarios, may explain how invasive cancer cells gain the upper hand in certain metabolic scenarios.

For a report published in the December 2008 issue of
Cell Proliferation, German researchers Andreas Deutsch, Ph.D., and Haralambos Hatzikirou, from the Dresden University of Technology, the Moffitt Cancer Center's David Basanta, Ph.D. and neurosurgeon Mathias Simon, M.D. studied how tumor cells compete in the survival game.

Read the story by Mike Martin for the
Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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