Cellular Metabolism and Cancer: Nature or Nurture?

Eight bluish irregular shaped objects against a black background.

Cancer cells in culture from human connective tissue, illuminated by darkfield amplified contrast, at a magnification of 500x. (Image is in the public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


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Fall 2018



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In this course we will explore how altered metabolism drives cancer progression. Students will learn (1) how to read, discuss, and critically evaluate scientific findings in the primary research literature, (2) how scientists experimentally approach fundamental issues in biology and medicine, (3) how recent findings have challenged the traditional “textbook” understanding of metabolism and given us new insight into cancer, and (4) how a local pharmaceutical company is developing therapeutics to target cancer metabolism in an effort to revolutionize cancer therapy.

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Allison Lau, and Evan Lien. 7.344 Cellular Metabolism and Cancer: Nature or Nurture?. Fall 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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