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Alzheimer’s–Cancer Links Identified at Genetic Level

06:38 EDT 5 Jul 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Alzheimer’s disease, lung cancer, and brain cancer—all devastating, all leading public health challenges—have been thought to harbor connections at the molecular level, connections that could explain curious co-morbidities. Specifically, in cases of Alzheimer’s disease, the risk of developing lung cancer is decreased, and the risk of developing glioblastoma, a kind of brain tumor, is increased. Once hidden connections between Alzheimer’s disease, lung cancer, and glioblastoma are coming to light now that tissue samples from patients with these diseases are yielding more and more clues about gene expression. For example, in a study conducted by scientists based at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), transcriptomic gene expression data was found to support the existence of molecular substrates that could at least partially account for the inverse co-morbidity between Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer, and the direct co-morbidity between Alzheimer’s disease and glioblastoma. Details appeared June 30 in ...

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