Center for Alaska Native Health Research
Institute of Arctic Biology
205 Arctic Health Research Building

 

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Iqmik Toxicity and Genomic Stability

Iqmik is a smokeless tobacco mixture primarily used by the Alaska Native population in Bethel and surrounding communities. It is culturally acceptable and encouraged for all ages, including children. Women traditionally mixed iqmik for the household; women during pregnancy often switch to iqmik due to its natural component, because iqmik is understood to be more natural than other tobacco products.

Hypothesis: Iqmik is highly toxic to cells and is induces DNA damage.

Students involved: Lena Vayndorf, Krysta Yancey, Jeremy Boynton, Robert
Williams, Sasha White