A gene which makes tumours grow?

That’s right, British scientists have found a gene that’s responsible for making tumours grow Hand Economic. |

Scientists found the gene, called CUX1, in patients with breast cancer and a certain type of leukaemia that is currently very hard to treat. The rogue DNA isn’t exclusive to a particular cancer, and it can fuel almost all forms of the disease, which kills more than 150 000 Britons every year. The discovery of this gene could lead to thousands of cancer patients receiving more effective treatments.

Professor Paul Workman, of London’s Institute of Cancer Research, said: “This discovery will help us target these drugs to a new group of patients and could have a dramatic effect on the life of many cancer sufferers.”

The gene was found to fuel the growth of one in 100 tumours. The “needle in a haystack” find offers hope to at least one in 100 patients – or 3 000 a year.

Usually, it takes many years for a genetic breakthrough to lead to a treatment. However, drugs that target the faulty CUX1 gene are already in use, which means that patients could be tested for the gene and given drugs to slow cancer within a few years.

You can read more about the story here: Found: gene that spurs on tumours

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