A genetic mutation associated with colon cancer discovered in a mummy

A genetic mutation associated with colon cancer discovered in a mummy


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Thanks to the study of many ancient human remains, it has been possible to determine different aspects regarding the human being of today. Science allows us to determine the age of some remains, to know what kind of diseases he suffered throughout his life, how he died, the kind of diet he was eating and many other interesting data.

One of the news related to this binomial of science and history has allowed know the genome of an 18th century mummy, where a gene closely associated with colon cancer has been found. This is demonstrated by a study that was published a few days ago which was based on the results of a mixed team of Israeli and Hungarian scientists.

Until now, it was known that the E1317Q mutation of the APC gene, which facilitates the appearance of colon cancer, was associated with different social factors such as sedentary lifestyle, a poor diet or based mainly on red or processed meats, smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, etc.

As noted in the research this is something “normalToday, but these factors were very rare a few centuries ago, something that has attracted much attention in this research.

The authors of the work have declared that colon cancer is one of the most common and most dangerous nowadays, but analyzes of the intestinal tissues of this mummy, which was found in 1995 in Hungary, reveal that at least two centuries ago, there were people who suffered from colon and rectal cancer.

Scientists concluded that the genetic predisposition to this type of cancer is not new and that it appeared long before the time of industrialization. Now it is hoped that with subsequent studies based on DNA, they can provide a more complete picture of what the epidemiology of this terrible disease is.

This is another of the cases in which both history and science shake hands and work side by side to determine something that until now was believed to be one way, but which ultimately, as this study has shown, was not.

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