Thursday, November 29, 2007

New Hope for Fighting Cancer

University of Kentucky researchers claim a mouse with a more active Par-4 gene did not develop cancerous tumors, and even lived longer than control subjects. They are hopeful this will lead to better cancer treatments in humans, but Cancer Research UK noted much more research was needed before that step was taken.

The Par-4 gene was originally discovered in the 1990s, and related to fighting cancer. Kentucky researchers injected the gene into a particular breed of mice's eggs -- mice known to be more vulnerable to cancer -- to see if the gene would have any effect. They were pleased with the results.

If the treatment can be used on humans, it will be a much safer and more effective way of treating the disease than current methods, which damages many other cells in the process.

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