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My lab in the news

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The latest study from my lab was published in Nature (communications) Tuesday. Even better, it was featured on's front page for Tuesday and part of Wednesday! While I was not directly involved with the study (thus my name not on it!), I saw the entire thing take place and am very proud! Especially for the post-doc who's brain child it was: I'm happy she is getting her 15 minutes of fame! My PI is being interviewed by a number of news places, but notably by the BBC's version of NPR science Friday! Pretty exciting!

The gist of it is that we are the first ones to show that what a woman eats during pregnancy (or exposure in utero, in this case a high fat diet or ) can increase risk of breast cancer through many generations of offspring. In other words: what happened to your grandmother while she was in the womb can affect your risk for breast cancer! Crazy, right? The study is done in rats. The implications are huge!

It is also featured on sciencedaily, but it is more of interview and not the actual journal article. It isn't on pubmed yet.

I can't get the actual nature article to link but if you search at it will come up:
High-fat or ethinyl-oestradiol intake during pregnancy increases mammary cancer risk in several generations of offspring

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    OMG -- that's SO COOL!
    1993 days ago
    hm.. great for you, but I find the result troublesome, though... Here is yet another discovery that might influence my life and I have no influence on it. I even don't know what both of my grandmothers ate during their pregnancies... It was during WWII so I have good chances they were not eating much at all...
    I haven't had the time to read the link you posted yet. I will do it over the weekend. But what kind of fat has an impact? Does the risk increase the same way whether the fat that was eaten was coming from olive oil and co., or meat, or cookies? I can't imagine that my grandmother cooking with olive oil during her pregnancy would cause cancer in me.
    I have some pregnant friends. They worry so much about what they should or shouldn't eat so that their unborn babies will be as healthy as possible. Maybe I could tell them.
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