anonymous
  • anonymous
Are neurons likely to be a site for cancer formation? Why or why not?
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anonymous
  • anonymous
The answer is no. Neurons are among a special class of terminally-differentiated cells that remain in a quiescent state for long periods of time known as the \(G_0\) (gap zero) phase of mitotic interphase (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G0_phase). Since they for the most part do not reproduce, cancer -- which is essentially unchecked cellular division usually caused by a corrupted genome (e.g. UV rays may damage DNA and might lead to skin cancer) -- is very unlikely in neurons.

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