Photo of cancer magnified 500x.

Cancer cells in culture from human connective tissue, illuminated by darkfield amplified contrast, at a magnification of 500x. (Photo: National Cancer Institute)

How do chemicals cause cancer? Scientist explains on Oct. 25

  • October 22, 2012 5:00am

James Felton, Ph.D., associate director UC Davis Cancer Center and senior biomedical scientist Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, will explain how basic chemicals - in our environments, in our diets, in our medicines - can bring cancer.

Felton will review genetic susceptibility, metabolism, DNA binding, mutations, chromosome damage, gene targets, and more in a search to understand why, in a particular case, one chemical might be more potent than another as a cancer-causing agent. His goal is to help us find sensible ways to cope with the dangers ordinary chemicals can pose and still get on with life. Scary stuff, to be sure, but here’s a case where ignorance is not bliss.

This event will be held over four consecutive Thursdays from10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning on October 25. It is provided as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program and will take place on the Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus located at 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord. Visit the OLLI Web site to register for the lecture.


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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