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Vaughan secures $7.9 million for esophageal cancer research

National Cancer Institute grant to evaluate genetic susceptibility for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma

Nov. 2, 2009 | By Colleen Steelquist

Dr. Tom Vaughan, an epidemiologist in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Public Health Sciences Division, has received a three-year, $7.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study genetic susceptibility for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma, a rapidly fatal cancer whose incidence has increased more than 500 percent in the past 30 years, faster than any other cancer in the United States.

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Evolutionary understanding emerges from genome’s dark matter

Malik Lab researchers find heterochromatin helps explain speciation

Nov. 2, 2009

New research into this field by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Basic Sciences Division researchers, published online Oct. 22 in Science Express, suggests that the explanation for why crosses between two species often yeild sterile or inviable progeny lies within the “dark matter" of the genome: heterochromatin, a tightly packed, gene-poor compartment of DNA found within the genomes of all nucleated cells.

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