Friday, June 7, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30pm

UW Science Now: Ethan Ahler: What Cancer Eats & Why it Matters

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double feature!


AhlerCancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States and, in response, billions of dollars a year are pumped into research for a cure. However, because cancer is a complex set of diseases—each with its own intricacies—progress has been painfully slow. Understanding how cancerous cells differ from normal cells is key to improving our ability to design smarter drugs, says UW researcher Ethan Ahler. One such difference is their diet: Cancer cells—unlike normal, healthy cells—are addicted to sweets and consume vast quantities of sugar. By understanding differences such as this, Ahler says, we potentially can develop therapies to exploit them. Presented by Town Hall and UW’s Engage: The Science Speaker Series as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, with the University of Washington, Pacific Science Center and University Book Store. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Advance tickets are $5 at or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 5:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Double feature! Your ticket to this event also gains entry to Jessica Wapner: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at 7:30 pm.

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