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The MYC gene is a proto-oncogene and encodes a nuclear phosphoprotein that plays a role in cell cycle progression, apoptosis, and cellular transformation. Amplification of this gene is frequently observed in numerous human cancers. Translocations involving this gene are associated with Burkitt lymphoma and multiple myeloma in humans.

If you carry a high impact genetic variation in this gene, then an anti-cancer diet high in phytonutrients and phytoestrogens is recommended. Research by Karger indicates that the phytoestrogen, genistein provides additional support to this gene's function.

Leguminous plant foods contain genistein. Soybeans, a cholesterol-free, high protein legume, contain the most genistein. Other legumes, such as chickpeas (garbanzo beans), contain small amounts of genistein.