This week in MathOnco 178

Voronoi tessalating public goods games, multi-tasking cancer evolution, agent-based vs differential eqns, Darwinian evolution, game theory, and networks in cancer

“This week in Mathematical Oncology” — Newsletter
September 9, 2021

From the editor:


This week’s edition includes papers on voronoi tessalating public goods games, multi-tasking cancer evolution, agent-based vs differential eqns, and several reviews including Darwinian evolution, game theory, and networks in cancer. I’ve also including a nice overview on “how to write a paper.”


- Jeffrey West

  1. Cooperative success in epithelial public goods games
    Jessie Renton, Karen M. Page

  2. Testing Multi-Task Cancer Evolution: How Do We Test Ecological Hypotheses in Cancer?
    Anya Plutynski

  3. Evolution with private resources reverses some changes from long-term evolution with public resources
    Katrina van Raay, Sergey Stolyar, Jordana Sevigny, Jeremy A. Draghi, Richard E. Lenski, Christopher J. Marx, Benjamin Kerr, Luis Zaman

  4. Step-by-step comparison of ordinary differential equation and agent-based approaches to pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic models
    Van Thuy Truong, Paul G. Baverel, Grant D. Lythe, Paolo Vicini, James W. T. Yates, Vincent F. S. Dubois

  5. Cancer evolution: Darwin and beyond
    Roberto Vendramin, Kevin Litchfield, Charles Swanton

  6. How mathematical modeling could contribute to the quantification of metastatic tumor burden under therapy: insights in immunotherapeutic treatment of non-small cell lung cancer
    Pirmin Schlicke, Christina Kuttler, Christian Schumann

  7. The Contribution of Evolutionary Game Theory to Understanding and Treating Cancer
    Benjamin Wölfl, Hedy te Rietmole, Monica Salvioli, Artem Kaznatcheev, Frank Thuijsman, Joel S. Brown, Boudewijn Burgering & Kateřina Staňková

  8. The Multiple Dimensions of Networks in Cancer: A Perspective
    Cristian Axenie, Roman Bauer, María Rodríguez Martínez

  9. The impact of immunotherapy on a glioma immune interaction model
    Subhas Khajanchi

  1. The why, what and how of predicting evolution across biology: from disease to biotechnology to biodiversity
    Meike T. Wortel, Deepa Agashe, Susan F. Bailey, Claudia Bank, …, Renske M. A. Vroomans, Gijsbert D. A. Werner, Bregje Wertheim, Pleuni S. Pennings

  2. Robust, Universal Tree Balance Indices
    Jeanne Lemant, Cécile Le Sueur, Veselin Manojlovic, Robert Noble

  1. Writing for Impact: How to Prepare a Journal Article
    Andrew M. Ibrahim, Justin B. Dimick
    A nice overview of how to write a journal article in order to maximize the effectiveness of communicating important results. Be sure to check out the accompanying tweet with helpful infographics.

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Caption: In our recent work we use the Voronoi tessellation model to explore the evolution of cooperation amongst epithelial cells. Here we show a cooperator clone (orange) invading a resident defector population (black). By calculating spatial statistics of clones we are able to predict the success of cooperation under multiplayer public goods games, when birth and death are decoupled. We show that cooperation is more successful when cells interact locally to cooperate, but compete globally for proliferation.

Created by: Jessie Renton (@jessiesrr).

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