What's causing sea lion cancers on the California coast?

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Offline thedoc

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John Hammond is investigating the genetics behind a cancer that is affecting wild sealions on the California coast.
Read a transcript of the interview by clicking here

or [chapter podcast=1000901 track=14.11.14/Naked_Genetics_14.11.14_1002906.mp3] Listen to it now[/chapter] or [download as MP3]
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Re: What's causing sea lion cancers on the California coast?
« Reply #1 on: 15/11/2014 21:56:49 »
I'm not seeing any notes of the cancer occurring in Oregon sea lions.  So...  should one try to bring Oregon genes southward?

In humans, some urinary related cancers are related to concentrating toxins in the kidneys/bladder.  So, is it possible that the genetics create a predisposition to getting the cancer, but the real cause is some toxin we're dumping into the oceans.