“Universal” Treatment of Cancer Isn’t Too Far: Scientists

Universal” Treatment of Cancer Isn’t Too Far: ScientistsResearchers at Harvard Medical School have claimed that they might have opened the doors to develop a general therapy that would treat many forms of cancer.

US Scientists who carried out the research say that by blocking a cancer triggering gene, cells age quicker and split at a much slower rate. This aging and decreased cell division is what triggers mechanisms in the body which results in dying of cells.

As a part of the study, scientists used mice with prostate cancer. The mice were divided into two groups, and the researchers deactivated the Skp2 gene in one of the group. It has been proven by experiments that switching off Skp2 triggers senescence, or ageing, in cancer cells.

"We discovered that Skp2 exhibits cancer causing activity, which is required for cancer development in multiple tumour models", says Dr Hui-Kuan Lin, from the University of Texas in Houston, who also lead the study.

Researchers believe that the with their new find, they have opened up a real possibility of curbing cancer by making tumour cells to age quickly, slow their division rate, and let them die out, like normal cells do.

"The approach could yield the first true universal treatment applicable to a wide range of cancers", believe scientists, who were part of the research.

The research has been published in the journal Nature.