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'Wtf'? A gene that poisons its own host

Discovery of genes that divide two species in a simple fungus sheds light on complex evolutionary principles

June 20, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

In a new study, researchers describe a family of genes called "wtf" — and how they don't behave in the way you might expect.

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Of mutant flies, tangled sperm and the 'Mother's Curse'

Study in fruit flies identifies a mutation in mitochondria — the energy factories of our cells — that harms males but not females

Aug. 2, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

For the first time, evolutionary biologists at Fred Hutch have identified a "Mother's Curse" mutation - a genetic change harmful to males but not females - in animals. The mutation renders male fruit flies sterile but leaves female flies untouched.

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Being pregnant — and diagnosed with cancer

Inaugural retreat explores painful issues, unanswered questions surrounding cancer, fertility and pregnancy

April 22, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Emily Cousins was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, when she was nine months pregnant. On Thursday, 13 years after that wrenching period of her life, Cousins joined a group of cancer researchers, fertility specialists, survivors and patient advocates to discuss the unique issues at the intersection of cancer and reproduction at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s inaugural cancer and pregnancy retreat.

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How much does chemo impact fertility?

New study looks at how chemo affects childhood cancer survivors’ ability to have kids later in life

March 22, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

A new Fred Hutch sheds light on the degree chemo can impact the fertility of childhood cancer survivors and suggests steps young cancer patients (and their parents) may want to take before they receive treatment. Lead author Dr. Eric Chow weighs in.

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Positive pregnancy outcomes for childhood cancer survivors

Studies find no increased risk of birth defects, but women may have greater risk of preterm, low birth weight babies

Oct. 12, 2009 | By Dean Forbes

For adult survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer who can have children, two new Fred Hutchinson Cancer Resarch Center studies may help alleviate fears that their childhood disease will adversely impact their newborns.

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Pushing the boundaries of fertility

Van Gilst study in worms suggests how fertility may be extended past reproductive prime

Aug. 31, 2009 | By Kristen Woodward

Scientific dogma has long asserted that females are born with their entire lifetime’s supply of eggs, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. New findings by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, published online Aug. 27 in Science, suggest that in nematode worms, at least, this does not hold true.

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