Andy Lane on why men get some cancers more often than women

Did you know that men get certain types of cancer more frequently than women? This was thought to be due to differences in exposure to carcinogens like cigarettes. However, new research by Dr. Andrew Lane at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston provides evidence for a new theory: women are protected from cancer due to extra copies of cancer-preventing genes on the X chromosome.

You can find the publication we discuss here: https://www.nature.com/articles/ng.3726.

Music by Chris Elliott Link. Track image by Jenny Graves, La Trobe University.