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The hereditary link between African-Americans and people in Africa and its relationship to cancer incidence and outcomes

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Published: 15.04.19
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Prof John Carpten - Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA

Prof John Carpten speaks to ecancer at the 2019 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting about the collaboration of research studying the hereditary link between African-Americans and people in Africa and its relationship to cancer incidence and outcomes.

Prof Carpten explains that there is a disparity in frequency in certain genetic markers that are increased in the African-American population and that those genetic variants can affect RNA splicing and therefore also affect how the genes function.

He also acknowledges the hope that this collaboration of research with institutions in Africa will help build infrastructure and support African cancer research.

 

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