Cancer

14 August 2007

Cancer fighting gene found

A gene that's able to stop cancerous cells from multiplying and forming tumours has been identified by Canadian researchers.

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A gene that's able to stop cancerous cells from multiplying and forming tumours has been identified by Canadian researchers, who say the HACE 1 gene can suppress the growth of breast, lung, liver and many other types of human tumours.

The B.C. Cancer Agency scientists said that HACE 1 helps combat stress that, left unrestricted, can lead to the formation of multiple tumours, the Canadian Press reported.

Cancerous cells form tumours when HACE 1 is inactive and tumour growth is extensive due to additional stress such as radiation. But activating HACE 1 prevented the formation of tumours, the researchers said.

The findings appear in the online advance issue of the journal Nature Medicine. – (HealthDayNews)

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