Loss of Y chromosome can explain higher cancer risk and shorter life expectancy for men

Published: 2014-04-29


It is generally well known that men have an overall shorter life expectancy compared to women. A recent study, led by SciLifeLab researchers at Uppsala University, shows a correlation between a loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells and both a shorter life span and higher mortality from cancer in other organs.

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From left to right on the photo: Jan Dumanski and Lars Forsberg.