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British Women in Trouble


According to the World Cancer Research Fund, British women are a fifth more likely to develop some sort of cancer during their lifetimes than women in other European countries, reports the Guardian's Peter Walker. The cancer charity says lifestyle factors like obesity and alcohol consumption are partly to blame for the British woman's 25.1 percent chance for developing cancer before the age of 75, whereas lower rates of obesity and alcohol consumption leave other European women with a 21.4 percent chance of developing cancer. The WCRF has warned that an estimated 80,000 cancer cases could be prevented in the UK each year through better diet, physical activity, and lower alcohol consumption, Walker says. A study earlier this year showed that British women had the highest average body mass index among 19 Western European nations, and various studies have shown that British women drink more than their European counterparts, he adds.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.