A new study sheds light on the progression of breast cancer.
London, England (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study provides possible insight into how breast cancer cells spread. As reported by Reuters, researchers with Cancer Research UK identified a genetic indicator of the spread of the disease in mice, TGF-beta.
Erik Sahai, with Cancer Research UK’s London institute, is quoted by Reuters as stating of the findings, “The results helped us to find the set of genes that are behind the spread of breast cancer — and that the genes need to be first turned on and then off in order for single cancer cells to be able to relocate.”
Sahai is further quoted as stating, “As yet there is no new drug in the pipeline… But because we now know what these cancer cells are actually doing, it gives us lots of new ideas about how to stop them.”
More information about the study may be found in the Nature Cell Biology journal.
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