Latinas Shown To Have Genetic Advantage That Fights Cancer

October 21, 2014 8:39 AM

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Despite the growing globalization and increasing cultural assimilation by people groups of all types, each specific culture has something unique to offer the world. The Latino culture in particular has left its mark on food, music, dance and language on every inhabited continent on Earth. While many people around the globe have gladly adopted some of these customs as their own, there are certain traits they cannot simply claim for themselves. One of these traits is a recently discovered genetic variant that is believed to protect Latinas from certain forms of cancer.

Previous studies focusing on the demographics of breast cancer have noticed that Latinas, especially those that possess blood lines that can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of the region, were noticeably less likely to develop the disease. Until now, these statistics had largely baffled sci...

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