Protein’s essential role in repairing damaged cells revealed

University of Michigan researchers have discovered that a key protein in cells plays a critical role in not one, but two processes affecting the development of cancer.

“Most proteins involved in responding to DNA damage that can cause cancer either help detect the damage and warn the rest of the cell, or help repair the damage,” says David O. Ferguson, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s lead author. Ferguson is an assistant professor of pathology at the U-M Medical School and a member of U-M’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Scientists Find Prostate Cancer Gene

This is great news for all us guys. There is now a test to identify whether or not we’re likely to get prostate cancer. This way we can at least be more conscious of testing for it during our physicals. This is the type of thing I imagine my friend Nick discovering and working on.

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Tiny delivery system with a big impact on cancer cells

Researchers in Pennsylvania are reporting for the first time that nanoparticles 1/5,000 the diameter of a human hair encapsulating an experimental anticancer agent, kill human melanoma and drug-resistant breast cancer cells growing in laboratory cultures. The discovery could lead to the development of a new generation of anti-cancer drugs that are safer and more effective than conventional chemotherapy agents, the scientists suggest. The research is scheduled for the Dec. 10 issue of ACS’ Nano Letters.”

Tiny delivery system with a big impact on cancer cells.

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