Scientists Say They've Isolated Gene In Bowel Cancer Research

Scientists Say They've Isolated Gene In Bowel Cancer Research

Scientists Say They've Isolated Gene In Bowel Cancer Research...
Researchers in Stockholm, Sweden say they've isolated a gene that can help to prevent bowel cancer in mice. Scientists at The Karolinska Institute say when they remove the gene, the mice have a reduction of bowel cancer. The scientists say the specific gene's only known function is to regulate other genes. They describe it as a genetic relay switch. Doctors at the institute along with colleagues at the University of Helsinki say the gene region "MYC335" can turn on or off "MYC" which is a powerful cancer-associated gene. The leader of the research team says the findings could lead to preventative measures, but research remains at a basic level. Experts say risk factors for bowel cancer include being age 50 or older, drinking alcohol, smoking, and obesity.

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