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Blocking culprit gene may reduce cancer spread speed: study

English.news.cn   2011-01-25 09:49:58 FeedbackPrintRSS

BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Scientists in Britain have discovered a culprit gene which does more harm for cancer patients.

And blocking it with medicine could stop the spreading speed, according to a research in the journal Oncogene on Tuesday.

A team in the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, said the scientists have found an enzymic bonding agent inside cancer cells, which is a culprit gene, named WWP2.

The gene could break down a natural protein in the human body which could normally prevent cancer cells from spreading.

The team, led by Andrew Chantry in UEA's School of Biological Sciences, suggested that the findings could lead a further study to develop new medicines to stop an active stage of the gene, which could stop the speed of cancer spreading in the body.

(Agencies)

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