Neha J. Pancholi, PhD, is a science writer at the AACR, where she communicates the latest advances in cancer research to the general public and the media. Neha received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she investigated the interplay between viruses and cells. Neha is experienced in communicating science to scientific and nonscientific audiences through a variety of formats, including blogs, videos, podcasts, newsletters, and research journals.
As Greek mythology tells us, the titan Prometheus was punished by the gods for giving fire to man. His sentence? Eternal torture. Each day, an eagle would eat his liver, which would grow back overnight, ready to be devoured by the eagle again the next day.
The liver’s ability to regenerate presumably evolved to protect it from damage from food toxins. However, chronic cycles of liver damage and regeneration can lead to aberrant replication and eventually the development of liver cancer.Read More