"Bacteria Do Not Develop Cancer!!111"

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"Bacteria Do Not Develop Cancer!!111"

Postby Doctor X » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:53 pm

Yes, I am spending too much time reading Popehat but this is just pure win:

Dr. Frank Arguello is an advocate for an "atavistic" theory of cancer. What does that mean? Well:

Atavistic metamorphosis proposes that cancer cells are cells that have reverted, evolutionarily, to their ancestral, independent status as unicellular organisms. It is from there that cancer only occurs in plants and animals/humans (multicellular organisms). This also explains why cancer does not occur nor can be induced experimentally in unicellular organisms such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa.


I was going to quote more but it had big science words and I got tired.

Anyway, Dr. Arguello will not stand for someone disagreeing with him about science. In a rather bizarre exchange of emails, Dr. Arguello eventually resorted to threats and legal analysis that are at least as innovative as his cancer theories.

His last email begins like this:

For historical reasons, I have been replying in detail and respectfully to your defamatory statements in your original piece posted in your website. I really find it difficult to discuss the science and treatment of cancer with you, because I believe you do not understand the biology of cancer, but also you have the mentality of those inside the box. You never think outside the box, and cannot conceive concepts that are outside the box, and therefore alien to you.


Note: whenever a client asks me to "think outside the box" for a solution to his or her problem, I get a stabbing pain behind my right eye, because it's a null-content phrase. Innovation is one thing; stubborn denial of reality is another.

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Winning line after a long quote of this Arguello's clausian explanation of "defamation":

Maybe prehistoric single-celled organisms had defamation laws like this, but we don't. It's gibberish.


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Re: "Bacteria Do Not Develop Cancer!!111"

Postby Pyrrho » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:15 pm

What about:

Is your lawyer a Weimaraner? Because anyone who gave you that legal advice spent most of law school licking his balls.
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Re: "Bacteria Do Not Develop Cancer!!111"

Postby corplinx » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:50 pm

We so well understand cancer in terms of carcinogenesis, that his spaced out idea is completely divorced from reality. He doesn't have a theory. He has a completely uninformed opinion.

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Re: "Bacteria Do Not Develop Cancer!!111"

Postby sparks » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:17 pm

If bacteria did develop cancer, how could you tell?







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Re: "Bacteria Do Not Develop Cancer!!111"

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:06 am

Seems like cancer could only happen in a multicellular organism by definition. If it happened to a single-celled one, the thing would just die or it would be a new species. I'm guessing that harmful mutations do happen to bacteria, but we rarely see the results because they just die and do not proliferate.
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Re: "Bacteria Do Not Develop Cancer!!111"

Postby Doctor X » Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:55 am

It is sort of like asking what is the hair color of a bald man. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells. A single-celled organism cannot have an "uncontrolled growth of cells."

Meanwhile, the genius tried to threaten "the boss" of the doctor who exposed him--a medical school. That will end badly.

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