US researchers identify new way to slow down cancer cell growth

Researchers in the United States have reportedly identified a new way to slow down the growth of cancer cells,on 28 May 2017.The research, conducted by researchers belonging to the University of Rochester in the US, has been published in the latest issue of the journal, Science. The new method involves a protein called Tudor-SN and the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9.
The researchers found out how Tudor-SN is important in the “preparatory” phase of the cell cycle, the period when the cell gets ready to divide, according to the study.”We know that Tudor-SN is more abundant in cancer cells than healthy ones, and our study suggests that targeting this protein could inhibit fast-growing cancer cells,” Reyad A. Elbarbary, lead author of the study and research assistant professor in the Centre for RNA Biology and the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, said in a statement.The findings were made in kidney and cervical cancer cells in the laboratory and are a long way from being applied to people but could be the basis of a treatment option in the future.

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