Study Traces Cancer Mutations Cancer and evolution both occur when genetic material changes randomly in ways that may be good or bad. A study in Nature magazine this week shows that these changes build up at a much quicker rate than anyone thought. The observation was made in tiny worms, but could revolutionize thinking about all living organisms. NPR's Joe Palca reports.
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Evolution, Mutation May Occur Faster than Thought

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Evolution, Mutation May Occur Faster than Thought

Evolution, Mutation May Occur Faster than Thought

Evolution, Mutation May Occur Faster than Thought

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Cancer and evolution both occur when genetic material changes randomly in ways that may be good or bad. A study in Nature magazine this week shows that these changes build up at a much quicker rate than anyone thought. The observation was made in tiny worms, but could revolutionize thinking about all living organisms. NPR's Joe Palca reports.