Two-thirds of cancers caused by bad luck, not genetics & environment

by jeeg 2. January 2015 19:37
    Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like smoking. The researchers sa... [More]

Utah poll shows Americans still wary of genetic testing for cancer

by jeeg 11. February 2014 01:34
Most Americans would consider undergoing genetic testing to predict their risk for certain cancers, but confusion persists over the benefits and risks, according to a University of Utah poll. The U.’s Huntsman Cancer Institute has invested heavily in genetics in recent months and sponsored ... [More]

Jolie’s double mastectomy highlights Supreme Court 'cancer gene' patent battle

by jeeg 14. May 2013 23:46
Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy revelation had the unintended side-effect of boosting the share price for the biotech firm that owns the patent to her “breast cancer gene,” highlighting an ongoing US Supreme Court battle over the right to patent life. On Monday, Jolie tol... [More]

Watson dings genetics, Irish, fellow Nobelist

by jeeg 27. March 2013 00:07
James Watson, who earned the Nobel Prize for helping figure out the structure of DNA, said Thursday that sequencing genes isn't proving to be particularly useful in fighting such diseases as cancer and that much of the research being done on the subject is irrelevant. Watson made the remarks during... [More]

DNA pioneer James Watson takes aim at "cancer establishments"

by jeeg 10. January 2013 19:45
A day after an exhaustive national report on cancer found the United States is making only slow progress against the disease, one of the country's most iconic - and iconoclastic - scientists weighed in on "the war against cancer." And he does not like what he sees.   James Watson, co-di... [More]

Not All Patients Will Pay for Genetic Testing

by jeeg 6. June 2012 20:49
More than one-fifth of people who have received referrals to test for cancer-causing genes say they will only undergo testing if their insurance covers the cost—just as more insurers are instituting cost-sharing for medical services like genetic testing, according to new findings from Fox Chas... [More]
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