Cancer Tumor Found In Mouth Of Fossilized 255-Million-Year-Old Human Ancestor
Paleontologists found a tumor in a 255-million-year-old giant human ancestor. The beast may have had a terrible toothache caused by a cancerous tumor in its jaws.
Megan Whitney, lead author and UW biology graduate student, told Washington.edu: "Most synapsids are extinct, and we - that is, mammals - are their only living descendants. To understand when and how our mammalian features evolved, we have to study fossils of synapsids like the gorgonopsians."
Scientists Did Not Expect To See A Tumor In The Gorgon's Jaw
Gorgonopsids are ancient predators who lived during the Paleozoic age. They are also known as 'gorgons' and grew up to 10 feet long. Scientists from the University of Washington weren't looking for tumors when they sliced up the fossilized beast's jaw.
Odontoma is a benign tumor that is composed of normal dental tissue that has grown in an irregular way. This can disrupt the position of the teeth and other tissues, and surgery is the common option to remove it.
According to the study: "Odontomas have been reported in a handful of fossil mammals up to a few million years old but were previously unknown in deep pre-mammalian evolutionary history."
Senior author Christian Sidor, a UW professor of biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, said: "We think this is by far the oldest known instance of a compound odontoma. It would indicate that this is an ancient type of tumor."
Odontoma Was Also Found In Fossilized Mammoths And Deers During The Ice Age
According to Dailymail, the earliest evidence of odontomas came from the Ice Age in fossilized mammoths and deer.
Programme director in the US National Science Foundation's Division of Earth Sciences which funded the research, Dr Judy Skog, said: "These researchers have found an example in the ancestors of mammals that lived 255 million years ago. The discovery suggests that the suspected cause of an odontoma isn't tied solely to traits in modern species, as had been thought."
New Study Discovered Molecular Changes In The Primary Tumor Of Breast Cancer Patients
Genetic alterations in treatment-resistant metastatic breast cancer found to be distinct from those in primary tumors. The discovery of these differences was presented today at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Drinking White Wine Might Increase Risk Of Melanoma, Study Suggests
A new study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention analyzed health records of more than 200,000 white people and found that just one drink of alcohol a day raised the risk of melanoma by 13 percent.
Cells With 'Built-In Genetic' Circuit May Help Stop Cancer
A research team created cells with a a ‘genetic circuit’, which are capable of producing a molecule that stops cancer tumors from growing. If you already have cancer, this is also said to stop from spreading in the body.
Fasting Diet Miracle: 5-Day Calorie Restriction Lowers Risk For Major Diseases
Researchers are calling a healthy fasting diet a miracle due to its amazing capability of lowering major chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes. A specifically designed diet that mimics fasting could be the answer to all our health problems.
General Vaccine For Cancer Not Likely
The search for a general cure for cancer is still being done. A general vaccine for cancer is not yet likely.
Cancer Patients: Quality Of Life Could Improve Through Walking
Cancer patients are usually at low energy and are staying on their beds, preventing any excessive physical activities. However, a new study suggests that patients with advanced cancer should walk at least 30 minutes every other day. During a trial to 42 patients that was divided into two groups, those that were having walking session improved their quality of life.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Adorama Announces ‘Creators GearUP’ College Student Discount Program
Adorama offers product discounts on top brands across all categories.
SpaceX to Launch a Modern Spaceport Resort in Texas
SpaceX is launching a spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas. The company is also looking for a spaceport manager to lead the establishment of the modern spaceport.
Microsoft Xbox Series X will launch in November, but Halo Infinite is pushed back to 2021
While you will enjoy the Xbox Series X sooner, you will have to wait a while longer for Halo Infinite until 2021.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Creators Exit Live-Action Adaptation, Netflix Still Confident of Remaining Creative Team
Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creative minds behind Avatar: The Last Airbender, will no longer work with Netflix on the live-action series adaptation due to creative differences.