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Commonality with cancer

Ageing is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease caused by the rupture of inflamed cholesterol plaques in arteries. It emerges that this might be partly due to genetic mutations that cause cancerous changes in white blood cells.

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Tall, A., Levine, R. Commonality with cancer. Nature 543, 45–47 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21505

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