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Table 2 Specific Analogous Factors of Invasive Behavior

From: A systems biology approach to invasive behavior: comparing cancer metastasis and suburban sprawl development

Cancer Sprawl
Fractal growth pattern limited by
natural barriers.
Fractal growth pattern limited by natural
and man-made barriers
Initiation by growth factors and
altered cell signaling
Initiated by profit-based speculative development
Loss of p53 function Low cost gasoline
Loss of cellular differentiation,
expansion of clonal populations
Segregated land use and
loss of differentiated architecture
Critical need for angiogenesis,
often conducted poorly by tumors
Powerful effects of road development,
often constructed in an inefficient manner
Cachexia and Infection Urban blight