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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Cancer Galaxy: How two critics missed their destination

TitleThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Cancer Galaxy: How two critics missed their destination
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMontévil, M, Pocheville, A
JournalOrganisms. Journal of Biological Sciences
Volume1
Pagination37–48
ISSN2532-5876
AbstractTwo main theories aim at understanding carcinogenesis: the reductionist SMT locates cancer in cancer cells, while the organicist TOFT locates cancer at the tissue level. For TOFT, the ‘cancer cell’ is a phlogiston, SMT is an old paradigm which ought to be replaced. Recently two critics have argued that TOFT and SMT, despite their apparent strong incompatibilities, are actually compatible. Here we review their arguments. We show that these arguments are based on interpretation mistakes that become understandable once one grants that criticizing a paradigm from the point of view of another, in which words do not have the same signification, bears the risk of strong misunderstandings. These misunderstandings, in our experience, are common. We hope that this discussion will help clarifying the differences between TOFT and SMT.
URLhttp://ojs.uniroma1.it/index.php/Organisms/article/view/13912
DOI10.13133/2532-5876_2.9
Citation Keymontevil_hitchhikers_
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