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New clues on oesophageal cancer

MRC News Oesophageal cancer is one of the major cancers affecting black males in South Africa. However, the type of oesophageal cancer prevalent in less developed countries differs from the type prevalent in developed regions such as Europe and the USA. This makes the research work of the MRC's Oesophageal Cancer Research Group vital. Scientists still speculate about the cause of oesophageal cancer - some people point to dietary causes, while others look at environmental and genetic factors. Prof. Iqbal Parker, Director of the Oesophageal Cancer Research Group, points to another fascinating...

Aflatoxin in peanut butter: MRC policy brief

PROMEC Unit, Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerberg, 7505 South Africa; tel. (021) 938-0290. During May 2001 several reports appeared in the news media in South Africa about the "poison in the peanuts". These related to high levels of aflatoxin that were allegedly found in peanut butter given to school children in the Eastern Cape under the Primary Schools Nutrition Programme (PSNP). The PROMEC Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), an internationally recognised centre of excellence on toxins produced by fungi (mycotoxins), including aflatoxin, decided to prepare...

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