November 18, 2002
University Of Illinois At Chicago
Researchers often assume that we need our tumor suppressor genes to remain disease-free; otherwise we fall prey to cancer. Indeed, in roughly half of all human tumors, the suppressor gene called p53 is defective. Now, however, in a study reported in the latest issue of Genes and Development, University of Illinois at Chicago investigators have shown that we don't need these genes to stop the development of cancer. Another gene can take their place.
From ultraviolet radiation to food carcinogens, our bodies are bombarded with stuff that can make a normal cell go haywire, multiplying out of control and turning cancerous. Thanks to a set of tumor suppressor genes, however, we can defend against this daily onslaught.
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