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Risk factors

What do breast and CRC cancers and MS have in common?

Dairy cattle meat and milk factors are proposed as risks for colon and breast cancers. Several novel small circular DNAs that are genetically active in human cells have been isolated from bovine sera and milk. Such agents have also been detected in two lesions of multiple sclerosis. A unifying concept is presented putatively explaining the risks for these diseases that are associated with these factors.

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Figure 1: Putative concept of multiple sclerosis pathogenesis.


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H.z.H. receives an unrestricted grant from ORYX, Munich.

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zur Hausen, H. What do breast and CRC cancers and MS have in common?. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 12, 569–570 (2015).

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