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21

Jun

2018

21

Jun

2018

Uncovering Genes that Might be Sabotaged to Block Metastasis

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Cancer research will accelerate meaningfully towards the goal of control of all cancer only when a majority of researchers are working on mechanisms common to large number of different cancer types. There are too many subtypes of cancer and too few scientists to make real progress when tackling cancers one by one. Shutting down metastasis is one grail of cancer research, as the majority of cancer deaths are caused when cancer spreads throughout the body, not by the initial tumor. Thus a search for common mechanisms of metastasis is one of the few presently viable approaches to the production of broader cancer therapies. Researchers here find eleven genes that are critical to low-level processes in metastasis, broadly common across cancers. This provides a new set of targets that may lead to future ways to suppress the spread of cancer, making the condition much less dangerous.

“Metastasis kills 90 per cent of all patients who have cancer, and with this study we have discovered new ways to potentially end metastasis.” In the study, the team used a unique platform it created – a shell-less

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