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Scientists implicate genes behind faulty DNA repair in breast cancer

While mutations in BRCA genes are well known to increase breast cancer risk, researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have uncovered a different series of genes they believe might be contributing to breast cancer through a lesser-known mechanism. Mutations in BRCA cause cells to lose the ability to repair errors in DNA through a… Read More »

Hand sanitizer will NOT protect you from flu – but washing your hands will, scientists discover 

Hand sanitizer will NOT protect you from flu – but washing your hands will, scientists discover Doctors and patients alike use antiseptic, alcohol-based hand sanitizer to try to neutralize viruses they may have come into contact with, like the flu   But new Japanese research suggests it doesn’t work  Flu virus survived two minutes of sani… Read More »

Diet for One? Scientists Stalk the Dream of Personalized Nutrition – The New York Times

A decade ago, spurred by the success of the Human Genome Project and the affordability of genetic sequencing, scientists began to explore the promise of “nutrigenomics.” Could personalized nutrition, informed by knowledge of an individual’s DNA, help prevent and even treat diet-related diseases? The results of early studies from Harvard, Stanford and elsewhere were compelling:… Read More »