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18 May 2009

Pollution can change your DNA

Breathing polluted air can cause some genes to reprogramme, which may affect a person's risk of developing cancer and other diseases, say researchers.

Breathing polluted air for even a short period of time can cause some genes to undergo reprogramming, which may affect a person's risk of developing cancer and other diseases, say Italian researchers.

"As several of the effects of particulate matter in foundries are similar to those found after exposure to ambient air pollution, our results open new hypotheses about how air pollutants modify human health," Baccarelli said.


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