Medicine: Cancer by Inheritance

Cancer by Inheritance The University of Chicago's remarkable Professor Maud Slye last week did two remarkable things: 1) She autopsied her 119,185th mouse. 2) She published in the American Journal of Cancer strong evidence that susceptibility to cancer is inheritable. But the susceptibility can be bred out of a family by judicious marriage. Like light hair, it is a genetically recessive characteristic, whereas resistance to cancer is like dark hair, a dominant characteristic. Susceptibility alone probably is not enough to insure a person's developing a cancer. There must also be an external...

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