Colon-cancer gene found in 18th-century mummy

Published on March 15th, 2016 | by Admin

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Analysis of a Hungarian mummy from the 18th century has found that he had a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer.

he modern plagues of obesity, physical inactivity and processed food have been definitively established as modern causes of colon cancer. Researchers have also associated a mutation of the Adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene with the deadly disease. But which came first? Is colon cancer a lethal product of modernity? Or is this an open-and-shut case of DNA gone awry?

A new Tel Aviv University discovery suggests that a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer preceded the advent of modernization — and, in a bizarre twist, they discovered this evidence in an 18th-century Hungarian mummy.

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Story: American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Photo: Tel Aviv University

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