The July 2013 issue of Physics World is a special issue devoted to the physics of cancer.
As the editors note, physicists have made many valuable contributions over the years to the treatment, diagnosis and imaging of cancer using X-rays, magnetic fields, protons and other subatomic particles. This special issue of Physics World instead focuses on a fledgling area of research in which physicists – and other physical scientists – are bringing an entirely new perspective to our understanding of cancer. It attempts to examine the physical parameters that control how cancer cells grow, evolve and spread around the body.
- Find out why Paul Davies thinks cancer could be an ancient genetic program with roots in our multicellular past.
- See if cancer cells be made to act normally simply by adjusting their electrical polarization.
- Learn how rotation could play a role in making human breast cells turn malignant.
- Explore why the tip of an atomic-force microscope can test the mechanical properties of cancer cells