Cancer gene 'can brainwash healthy cells'

A team of researchers in the UK has identified a gene mechanism which has the ability to turn normal cells into cancerous ones.

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, may have enhanced the knowledge associated with the notorious cancer gene FOXM1.

According to the study group, the FOXM1 gene functions by 'brainwashing' normal cells in the body so that they establish a memory pattern commonly seen in cancer cells.

Lead investigator Dr Muy-Teck Teh, from Queen Mary, believes that the discovery could enhance how the medical industry fights against cancer.

"This research has important clinical implications for early cancer diagnosis, prevention and treatment," he explained.

Dr Teh added that the research was conducted to see just how much of an impact FOXM1 has in the development and spread of cancer.

Women who have been struck down with breast cancer were recently advised by University of Miami researchers that stress management can alter how the disease is treated.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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