New Research Helps Aid Cancer Cure Efforts

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This year has started with a bang with the publication of over 30 papers showing that the 98% of our DNA that does not code for proteins is not junk, but likely regulates the 2% of our DNA that do code for proteins-genes.

It turns out that these regulatory elements may be responsible for many of the diseases we get, including cancer. For those of you interested in this fascinating research you can find the papers and a great discussion here.

The other big news is that comparative oncology is gaining momentum as a field of knowledge that can significantly help cancer research efforts. A conference that I just attended witnessed both medical and veterinary oncologists passionately discussing the value of comparative oncology. The Animal Cancer Foundation was a sponsor of this conference. Please visit www.acfoundation.org for more information that will be coming online within the next few weeks.


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