How does alcohol affect our stem cells? And how if this connected to seven different types of cancer?
A recent study funded by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK, has provided new insight on how alcohol affects our stem cells, and its connection between seven different types of cancer.
The study, focusing primarily on blood stem cells, involved giving dilute alcohol to genetically modified mice over a ten-day period, followed by chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing. The results were alarming; the harmful chemical, acetaldehyde, produced when the body processes alcohol, can break and damage DNA in blood stem cells.