BRCA1 is no more a “cancer gene” than policemen are crime-inducers. They don’t cause cancer but if they aren’t policing the DNA, cancers will develop.
If you were copying taped music but could only press the record button on a leader-less duplicate after pressing the play button on the original, you would have a perfect model for the telomere theory of aging.
On March 30th, some Über-geeks fired up their Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland in an effort to move one huge step closer to Einstein’s elusive lifelong dream of a G.U.T. or Grand Unified Theory. That ‘theory of everything’ is a somewhat verifiable way to explain how the particles of the Standard Model of particle physics fit with our understanding of …
…we exist only because long ago, little bacteria, the mitochondria, were given a nice place to live inside our cells.