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It is often said that between half and two-thirds of cancer cases are preventable—by eliminating smoking and by getting more exercise and eating healthier meals.

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The result of all this is that a modern teenager may have already experienced more menstrual cycles than her great-grandmother did during her entire life.

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My memory failed me: It was cervical cancer, not ovarian, that took the life of my former girlfriend.

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Stuttering mycs help give rise to a childhood nervous system cancer called neuroblastoma.

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Mutations in a gene called hedgehog can cause fruit fly larvae to be covered with an abnormal profusion of bristles.

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"Cell Death 2009: The Unplugged Tour": I recently learned that the t-shirt refers to a couple of music videos made by the Roche pharmaceutical company to promote lab equipment. The back of the t-shirt mentions (apparently fictional) electric and an unplugged tours. See the reference on this page: http://www.microbeworld.org/podcasts/this-week-in-microbiology/letters?start=80. I found pictures of the shirt on an ebay listing.