cancer biologyWenchypoo presents Meet “Epi”—the Ghost in Your Genes posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket, saying, "How everything we experience, eat, drink, and take affects our family tree for three generations.". Epigenetics holds a special place in my heart since I've been secretly trying to figure out the histone code while pretending to work on reproduction. I'm especially interested in transgenerational effects such as those explained by Wenchypoo in this post. Indeed you may not be only getting bad genes from your parents, but also transcriptional memory that was imprinted during their lifetime.
CAD presents VWXYNot?: On the Origin of Tumours by Means of Natural Selection posted at VWXYNot?, saying, "The gradual evolution from normal to malignant cells illustrates a very simple natural law. If an individual produces a number of offspring via an imperfect copying mechanism, the result will be a mixed population of individuals with slightly different characteristics. If one of the variants is able to produce offspring faster than its peers, then those offspring will be over-represented in subsequent generations. ". Is transformation then a kind of speciation event?
prevention & managementAlvaro Fernandez presents 10 Highlights from the 2007 Aspen Health Forum posted at SharpBrains, saying, "Check out this overview of the Health and Science trends discussed in this recent policy event.". While cancer was on the agenda, it's interesting to see how it fits in the global health perspective. Many topics are touched, including how successful patient advocacy groups have been in raising money for cancer research, and the importance of lifestyle and prevention for a healthy population.
Colon update: the red bit is cancer… posted at Dodgeblogium. Andrew shares with us the impact of his diagnosis along with a picture of his colon! It just shows how simple diagnostic methods, such as colonoscopies have drastically changed cancer prevention and diagnosis.
psychologyKamel presents Depression in cancer survivors and their partners posted at Bayblab. Kamel highlights the emotional aspects of coping with a cancer diagnosis and death. Sometimes depression doesn't come from the contemplation of your mortality but rather the loneliness.
Tiffany Washko presents Crazy Sexy Cancer posted at Natural Family Living Blog. This book comes from a recommendation from Oprah, so you know it must be good. Mostly personal tips for people with the disease.
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