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  • Scientists researching new scientific approach to identify cancer origins

    Previous studies have shown the connection between age, exposure to carcinogens and the risk of developing cancer due to the accumulation of mutations over time. Scientists from Yale University and Emmanuel College demonstrate a new scientific approach to determine the origins of different types of cancer. Jeffrey Townsend, YSPH Elihu Professor of Biostatistics and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, was a co-author of the study.

    Source: The Daily Campus
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  • Vaccine Protection Against COVID-19 Short-lived, Booster Shots Important, New Study Says

    Since COVID-19 vaccines first became available to protect against infection and severe illness, there has been much uncertainty about how long the protection lasts, and when it might be necessary for individuals to get an additional booster shot. Now, a team of scientists led by faculty at the Yale School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has an answer: strong protection following vaccination is short-lived.

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  • Frequent rapid-antigen testing can help keep groups of people safe from COVID-19

    In a new study, Yale epidemiologists hit upon a more practical strategy for COVID surveillance on the part of companies, teams, schools, and communities. With frequent, regular rapid antigen (RA) testing, plus isolating people who test positive, organizations can cut the risk of out-of-control COVID outbreaks effectively and make long quarantines a thing of the past, the researchers say.

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  • Yale Study Identifies Causes of Cancers

    A team of Yale-led researchers can now quantify the factors causing changes in the DNA that contribute most to cancer growth in tumors of most major tumor types. Their molecular analysis approach brings clarity to a longstanding debate over how much control humans have over developing cancer over time.

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  • How to Tell whether a Cancer Is Caused by Plain Bad Luck

    Cancer results from a combination of spontaneous mutations that arise with age—just call it “bad luck”—and environmental exposures to carcinogens such as tobacco, ultraviolet light or viruses. But the question of the relative contribution of luck—compared with more explicit causes—has generated vigorous debate for years.

    Source: Scientific American
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  • Yale Findings Broaden the Repertoire of Cancer-relevant Genes

    Following an analysis of over 12,000 human genes, research from Yale Cancer Center indicates there is cancer-relevant importance in a much larger proportion of human genes than current cancer research models suggest. Much of cancer biology research focuses on a few dozen well studied genes called “cancer driver genes.” The new findings demonstrate that a larger number of genes are connected to cancer driver genes and may have an impact on cancer biology. The findings were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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