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Hungarian mummy offers clues to cancer mystery

Mummies are now being studied and providing insights into the genetic risk of colon cancer.

Mummies have long offered up a wealth of medical information, from the role that diet plays in heart disease to the ancient origins of tuberculosis.

Now, a new PLOS One study of 18th century Hungarian mummies concludes that a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer preceded the advent of modernization. If confirmed, that would mean the role of processed food, physical inactivity and other factors that were not commonplace back then may not play as important of a role in causing the cancer as previously thought.

“Colorectal cancer is among the most common health hazards of modern times,” Rina Rosin-Arbesfeld of Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology and a co-author of the study in PLOS One, said in a statement. “And it has a proven genetic background. We wanted to discover whether people in the past carried the APC mutation — how common it was, and whether it was the same mutation known to us today. In other words: Is the increase in the incidence of cancer the result of man’s manipulation of nature alone?”

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