The study of genes to find causes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma   5 comments

The Human Genome Project started ten years ago, can you believe that? It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, and the 10-year anniversary wasn’t publicized very well, so that’s probably why.

What the project aimed to do was revolutionize the treatment of human diseases, and it has been largely successful.

Harry Orr, a professor at the University of Minnesota, said, “We do things by genome sequencing now that we wouldn’t have dreamed of 10 years ago.”

Orr studies Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since the disease became more widespread after the 1950’s, this suggests it has something to do with the earth’s environment. The great thing about the Human Genome project is that genomics gives scientists a chance to use Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a model for learning how genes interact with the environment.

Another positive outcome is that the studies can one day help explain why one person in an environment gets lymphoma while another one in the same environment doesn’t.

Interesting developments here, and I intend to keep track of them.


Posted June 28, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

5 responses to “The study of genes to find causes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

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  1. This is cool! I’m going to keep on these developments too. Well, you’re a lot better at finding out the latest research than I am, so I bet I’ll probably read it on your blog before I find out anywhere else! Great post.

  2. I’m really interested to see where this all goes. With genomics we’ll probably have causes of (if not cures for) all human diseases within the next 20 years, which would be awesome.

  3. My dad was one of the people who started this Genome project. He also has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, so this sounds like a cool thing to keep track of. Love this post

  4. It’s weird because I live in Michigan and there are tons of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma sufferers in my area, but I haven’t gotten it… yet. Fingers crossed I don’t! Interesting post.

  5. Thanks for all the comments, everyone.

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