Robert Gatenby, +David Basanta, +Alexander Anderson and others from +Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida believe that evolution is the key to understand and beat cancer. Is a slow, adaptive treatment better than an aggressive chemotherapy? The basic idea is that aggressive chemotherapy with highest dose may kill every cell except the most resistant ones, which results in a selection of the most aggressive cells that are resistant to any therapy. A softer therapy may help to keep a higher diversity so that cells of the tumor can keep each other in check.
At the beginning of September, I spent a fantastic week on Shetland that was organised by Shetland Nature, a local company that specialises on wildlife and photo trips. Since it was too late in the year for puffins and other sea birds, the main focus of this autumn trip was on landscape photography, and with Richard Shucksmith we had an excellent guide for this. We were based in the little village of Hillswick in the north of Mainland, close to several breathtaking coastal sceneries. I also spent an extra day before and after the tour in Sumburgh at the southern tip of Mainland close to the airport. One of the highlights of the trip was watching wild Eurasian otters close up, which would have been impossible for me without the experienced guides from Shetland Nature, who are true experts when it comes to tracking these cute mammals. If you are thinking of visiting Shetland, I'd highly recommend you contact them, even if it is just for a day tour.