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Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.
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Lauren Pecorino is Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, London and the author of two books: The Molecular Biology of Cancer, and Why Millions Survive Cancer, both published by Oxford University Press.

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Immunotherapy: The New Promise for Cancer

(3) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 5:48 PM

I may have written my book Why Millions Survive Cancer: The Successes of Science a little too early. In this book I compiled evidence that progress was being made in the field of cancer. The book discusses the sharp decline in deaths from lung cancer thanks to our understanding of...

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Obesity Is the New Cigarette

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 3:57 PM

Haven't we learned that lifestyle choices make a difference to our risk of getting cancer?

If you are one of the unbelievers, go to the Globocan webpage (sponsored by the International Agency for Research on Cancer), where you can play with world data. You can enter countries...

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DNA Sequencing Holds Center Stage

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 7:28 PM

The death of British biochemist Fred Sanger last week gives us a reason to reflect on one of his two discoveries that earned him the Nobel Prize: a method to sequence the genetic code of a segment of DNA.

This method cleverly uses an "imposter" molecule, called a dideoxyribonucleotide,...

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Exercise Is Medicinal

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Physical activity/exercise is often viewed as a recreational activity to be engaged in by the young, or those who delight in the luxury of free time. This could not be more wrong! Physical inactivity is now the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. My...

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World No Tobacco Day: Jerry M. Reiss for Nobel Prize

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 7:00 PM

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an appropriate day to announce my suggestion for the next Nobel Peace Prize: Jerry M. Reiss.

Jerry M. Reiss was the city councilman who first proposed the No Smoking Ban of 1990 in San Luis Obispo, California. The ban prohibited smoking in...

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Breast Cancer Risk: Jolie Way Is Not the Only Way

(14) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Celebrities often set trends: they show us what to wear, create hairstyles, and inspire tattoos. But when it comes to your health it is important to know the facts before joining a trend. This blog explains our current scientific knowledge of BRCA inherited mutations that increase breast cancer risk.

It...

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U.S. Climate Warms for Stem Cell Research

(11) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Much new scientific research requires a battle with society before it matures into an accepted branch of science. Body snatchers robbed graves to supply cadavers for dissection, paving the way for anatomy just over 200 years ago.

Over the past few decades, stem cell science in the U.S. has...

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Shame On Us: Poor Uptake of Cervical Cancer Vaccine by American Women

(49) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 10:58 AM

Many people complain about the lack of cures for cancer but when a preventative vaccine for a type of cancer is within our reach, too few reach out for it. Even worse, we are neglecting to protect our daughters.

It was not too long ago, as...

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'Tis the Season to Detox

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 8:46 PM

Sharing feasts of food and drink with family and friends is a quintessential part of the holidays, but many of us tend to overload our bodies' natural defense systems. Try these three recommendations: limit your alcohol, eat fruits and vegetables, and dance. The fascinating science behind these suggestions is unveiled...

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