Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Linked. But How?


Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada say that they've found a link between prostate cancer in men and contraceptive use in women, but aren't sure what it means, says Freya Boardman-Pretty at New Scientist's Short Sharp Science blog. The team looked at levels of prostate cancer and contraceptive pill use in 88 countries and say there's a significant correlation between the two. But, says Boardman-Pretty, "exactly how female use of the pill causes prostate cancer in men is unclear."

"One hypothesis is that the level of pill use in a population gives an indication of the amount of sexual activity, which has previously been linked to prostate cancer," Boardman-Pretty says. But the Canadian researchers say it could also be that the estrogen-like chemicals that result in the urine of women taking the pill could be finding their way back into the water supply.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.