MAY 23, 2015 11:43 AM PDT

New Study Sheds Light on Cancer Development Due to Sun Exposure

WRITTEN BY: Kareem Heslop

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom found over one hundred mutations associated with cancer in each square centimeter of the mammalian skin. They achieved this through ultra-deep genetic sequencing. The mutations were identified as having occurred over the course of a person's life due to exposure to the sun's rays.

The researchers say that the cells under observation merged into clusters they called "clones." These mutations are some of the first signs of cancer development. This video gives a synopsis of the findings of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. It goes further to explain the methodology of their research and the implications of such findings.
About the Author
  • I am an undergraduate Biotechnology major at Claflin University whose research interest is the pursuit of the missing link of metabolism in cancer genesis and development.
You May Also Like
DEC 23, 2019
Space & Astronomy
DEC 23, 2019
The Trouble With the InSight Mission's Burrowing Mole Explained
NASA’s InSight mission is designed to probe the red planet’s internal physical characteristics, including heat emanating from its core and Mars...
JAN 28, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 28, 2020
An Ambitious New Mission to Explore the Sun's Poles
A plethora of spacecraft have photographed the Sun, but every one of those photographs has been snapped from the rather limited perspective of the Sun&rsqu...
JAN 28, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 28, 2020
A Slug Does All it Can to Defend Against Hungry Ants
Slugs are slow, and this makes them easy targets for predators however big or small they might be. Here, we see that a slug has been spotted by a hungry co...
FEB 11, 2020
Space & Astronomy
FEB 11, 2020
Why China Was Banned from the International Space Station
The International Space Station is just that – a place where international space agencies can work together in an effort to accomplish similar goals:...
FEB 11, 2020
Plants & Animals
FEB 11, 2020
How the World's Fastest Cat Compares to the World's Fastest Dog
Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal; their powerful hind legs give them incredible launching power and their stretchy spines provide a massi...
FEB 16, 2020
Plants & Animals
FEB 16, 2020
Drone Footage Shows a Hungry Blue Whale Lunging At Krill
Blue whales are the largest living mammals on Earth, capable of growing as long as three full-length school busses. As you might come to expect, large anim...
Loading Comments...