The Infectious Myth On “The Infectious Myth” host David Crowe will examine the questionable or outright false paradigms that infect our society.

March 25, 2014  
In Episode 5 of "The Infectious Myth" David's guest is another David, David Rasnick, who has worked for almost 20 years with Peter Duesberg on the theory that aneuploidy, not gene mutations causes cancer. 
Aneuploidy refers to a cell that has the wrong number and type of chromosomes. Human cells are normally diploid, meaning that they have exactly two copies of every chromosome (except for the X and Y chromosomes that form an asymmetrical pair). According to Rasnick, every cancer tumor cell is aneuploid, often to a massive degree. On average, cancer cells have 70% more chromosomes than the cell should have.
By contrast, the mutation theory has struggled to explain cancer, having to drag in many mutations, that must occur in the same cell, in order for cancer to occur. The mutation theory does not explain why people  generally get cancer later in life, if they are born with their mutations. If mutations occur later, how do they all occur in the same cell?
David Rasnick discusses the history of the aneuploidy theory, going back to the 1800s. He talks about what can cause aneuploidy, and how evidence of aneuploidy is used outside the United States to define a substance as carcinogenic. He addresses claims of the discovery of diploid tumors and why he claims that these are due to either bad techniques (not looking at the cells in place in the tumor, for example) or to not realizing that even cells that are close to diploid can be aneuploid.
An example of cells that are close to diploid are those in people with Downs Syndrome, who have one extra chromosome in every cell. Even with this smallest possible deviation from the proper chromosome count, people experience many physical and mental problems, including a higher risk of cancer, and a shortened lifespan. Cells with only 10% more chromosomes than normal might be classified as diploid, but would still be seriously destabilized.
To learn more about aneuploidy go to David Rasnick's cancer website:
You can start with "Aneuploidy theory in plain language" and, if you want to know a lot more, you can read his highly technical 2012 book, "The Chromosomal Imbalance Theory of Cancer: The Autocatalyzed Progression of Aneuploidy is Carcinogenesis".
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