Medicine and Humanity

Mason LaMarche
2018 Synthesis: A Digital Journal of Student Science Communication  
The cell is the simplest form of life. Named after the small, simple rooms in which monks would confine themselves; these units of life are far from simple. Cells conduct multiple functions to fulfill different niches and coordinate their tasks to create a living, breathing human. However, these biological rooms may become defective as the cells' DNA become damaged by the sun's rays, unhealthy habits, or the passage of time. These cells mutate causing them to disregard the checkpoints that
more » ... ain normal growth. They ignore the needs of the body by selfishly focusing on their own reproduction. They become more rebellious than juveniles, and they grow rapidly like adolescents experiencing a growth spurt. Most of the time, the immune system hunts these errant cells and eradicates them. Unfortunately, when these recalcitrant cells slip past the defense of the immune system, they continue their rampant division and form delinquent congregations known as tumors. The progression of malignant tumors is known as cancer.
doi:10.17077/2643-8410.1011 fatcat:aojribj2njcdni6ic7folzn4v4