Gene Mutation, Red Hair and Melanoma – KFI AM 640

Gene Mutation, Red Hair and Melanoma – KFI AM 640


– [Man] KFI Los Angeles Earle
C. Anthony Incorporated. – [Announcer] News on
the hour, on the half, and when it breaks. – [Terri] I’m Terri Ansor. The mystery behind why
redheads are more prone to melanoma might be solved. – [Donald] Scientists
have known for a while natural redheads have a
greater risk for getting the deadly skin cancer, but they never knew exactly
why until possibly now. Researchers at Harvard Medical School say the genetic mutation
responsible for the red hair and light skin also appears
to promote a well-known cancer causing pathway, at least in mice and in cell cultures. That pathway is apparently
triggered when a redhead is exposed to ultraviolet radiation. Oncologist Martin Palmer
with Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks says the
focus should be finding out the differences in cancer
cells and regular cells and then targeting those differences. – [Man] And once you
target just the difference, then you’re likely have
a more specific treatment otherwise known as a
targeted biologic treatment. – [Donald] This study could
lead to future research, to possibly find drugs
to target the pathway or maybe even shut off the gene mutation. Researchers do say the findings
in mice and cell cultures may not always have the
same results in people. Donald Morrison, KFI News.

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