Hot Topics in Cancer Research
On this page, we’ll periodically shine a spotlight on emerging areas of cancer research that are attracting furious attention within the scientific community.
Our first example: Epigenetics
Many things we’re exposed to every day can make small but important changes to the structure of our DNA (the building blocks of our genes). These changes in genetic sequence—for example, a mutation—can directly affect our risk for cancer. Such changes are fairly straightforward and obvious, and scientists have known about them for years.
Now, scientists are learning that our risk for cancer can also be affected by other, less obvious factors. Our diet and lifestyle can change how our genes work without changing the structure of the genes themselves.
In the videos below, Dr. Richard Eckert explains his exciting work in epigenetics.
What Is Epigenetics?
Click on the image for Part 1
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Published on June 29, 2011