than 2,500 years ago Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine
and medicine thy food." W. Chris Hawkes wants to help make
this a reality.
is a research chemist at the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research
Center at UC Davis, one of six USDA laboratories in the country
devoted to the study of health and nutrition. He and fellow chemists
Robert Jacob and Betty Burri share a three-year, $900,000 in-house
USDA project to study mechanisms of preventing cancer with micronutrients.
At the same time, a recent agreement between the UC Davis Cancer
Center and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has created exciting
possibilities for collaboration.
is working with Lawrence Livermore to integrate the USDA's nutritional
prevention of cancer program with the UC Davis Cancer Center's etiology,
prevention and control program. He's also trying to establish a
cooperative specialized center between the cancer center and Lawrence
Livermore on nutrition, genomics and cancer.
expect that antioxidant nutrients will turn on or turn off cellular
pathways related to cancer," said Hawkes. "We want to
create a database of different nutrients' effects on gene expression
so that we can come up with a multifaceted, nutritional intervention
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With a little
help from UC Davis cancer researchers and Lawrence Livermore, Chris
Hawkes hopes to clarify how nutrients affect cancer.