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Barton Speaks at Cumberland University

Chris BartonChris Barton, Assistant Professor of Biology, gave an invited lecture at Cumberland University on October 23. His lecture, “Cancer Progression and Treatment: A Tale of Evolution and Selection,” focused on the formation of human tumors and how natural selection and evolution drives the development of invasive and metastatic cancers.

With Cumberland University students and faculty, Barton discussed how evolutionary processes often result in cancers that are resistant to many commonly used anti-cancer treatments.  His lecture was a part of Cumberland’s “Connect” lecture series, a program aimed to “improve student engagement in ideas, problems and questions” and to “facilitate student exploration of career interests, service to their community and enriching off-campus learning experiences.”