Friday, March 09, 2007

Chemical 'may stop cancer growth'

We have got to get one of these that actually works...

Scientists in Glasgow have devised a new method of attacking cancer cells.
A team of experts from the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research gave mice a chemical which caused cancer cells to "commit suicide".

The chemical significantly slowed the growth of the tumours in the mice and could pave the way for a new agent to stop cancer developing.

The Cancer Research UK experts reported the findings in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

In further laboratory studies the research team found that the chemical could kill several types of cancer cells - including bowel, cervical and bone cells.

Lead researcher Dr Kevin Ryan said: "Our study has shown for the first time that the selective activation of a gene called p73 can cause cell death in tumours.

"We think this approach has the potential to be developed into an effective treatment for cancer."

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