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zar
04-20-2009, 08:46 AM
Genetic "brakes" which could slow down or stop diseases like MS and cancer have been found by scientists.

University of Edinburgh researchers said their findings could lead to new treatments for such illnesses.

It was previously thought that a select group of "master" genes was responsible for controlling the growth of cells which can cause the conditions.

But the team found hundreds of genes interacting and they will now try to find weak spots to halt tumour growth.

Healthy cells

Scientists said they believed variations in this network explained why people could develop diseases in different ways.

The team hopes that by identifying weak spots in the gene structure they will be able to stop the growth of tumours, enabling the growth of healthy cells.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8007023.stm

hlichten
04-21-2009, 08:54 AM
Genetic "brakes" which could slow down or stop diseases like MS and cancer have been found by scientists.

University of Edinburgh researchers said their findings could lead to new treatments for such illnesses.

It was previously thought that a select group of "master" genes was responsible for controlling the growth of cells which can cause the conditions.

But the team found hundreds of genes interacting and they will now try to find weak spots to halt tumour growth.

Healthy cells

Scientists said they believed variations in this network explained why people could develop diseases in different ways.

The team hopes that by identifying weak spots in the gene structure they will be able to stop the growth of tumours, enabling the growth of healthy cells.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8007023.stm

This would be far more than fabulous if it works out!!!