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December 13, 2017 - EurekAlert

The toxic sugar tree: Mapping the evolutionary history of a cancerous sugar gene

The toxic sugar tree: Mapping the evolutionary history of a cancerous sugar gene

The gene CMAH, that allows for the synthesis of a sugar called Neu5Gc, is missing from humans. This sugar is present in red meats, some fish and dairy products. When humans consume an animal with that gene, the body has an immune reaction to the foreign sugar, which can cause inflammation, arthritis, and cancer.

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