New UCLA Program To Study The Possible Environmental Causes Of Cancer
A new program at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and the School of
Public Health will seek to discover subtle variations in the human
genetic blueprint that predispose some individuals to develop cancer
after contact with environmental pollutants.
The program will explore, for example, why some individuals exposed
to second-hand cigarette smoke develop lung cancer, while others do
Bringing together the best environmental researchers and molecular
biologists at UCLA, the program seeks to shed new light on how
pollutants interact with genetics to cause a variety of cancers.
The $1 million effort is being funded with a leadership gift from
Pacific Palisades resident Art Alper, who made the donation in memory
of his wife, Ann Fitzpatrick Alper, who died last year from complications
of lung cancer.
The Ann Fitzpatrick Alper Program in Environmental
Genomics will be headed by Dr. Robert H. Schiestl, a professor of
pathology, environmental health and radiation oncology.
Thanks to: [03/13/2003; ScienceDaily]
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