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How is Cancer Complex?

Plutynski, Anya (2021) How is Cancer Complex? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Cancer is typically spoken of as a “complex” disease. But, in what sense are cancers “complex”? Is there one sense, or several? What implications does this complexity have – both for how we study, and how we intervene upon cancers? The
aim of this paper is first, to clarify the variety of senses in which cancer is spoken of as "complex" in the scientific literature, and second, to discover what explanatory and
predictive roles such features play.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Plutynski, Anyaaplutyns@wustl.edu
Keywords: cancer, complexity, emergence, heterogeneity, robustness, feedback, modularity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: A Plutynski
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 04:50
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 04:50
Item ID: 18884
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18884

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