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The mammary gland: a source of milk and a cancer time bomb

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The mammary gland evolved to produce milk over 200 million years ago. Milk-producing cells develop during pregnancy and die dramatically during weaning. This life giving function has, however, a downside as the breast is highly susceptible to cancer with 1 in 8 women (and 1 in 1000 men) being diagnosed with this disease at some time in their lives. Furthermore, the risk of breast cancer rises following a pregnancy and lactation. We are interested in identifying the genes that control the development and subsequent death of milk-producing cells. We will use this information to study what goes wrong with these processes in breast cancers. Our ultimate aim is to improve therapy and patient survival. In this talk, I will discuss our recent work and how the breast cancer time bomb could be defused.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Science Society series.

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