When cancer cells "commit suicide"
Written by Dr. H. P. Bustami
Wednesday, 05 November 2008
A new designer drug causes cell suicide in cancer cells of the black
melanom. This interesting new research result was now published in
"Nature Medicine". Scientists from the University of Bonn, Germany,
used a newly developed method to knock out certain genes which cause
cancer cell growth. They tested their medicine in mice. The team
applied the RNA -Interference-Method for which two US-american
scientists (Craig Mello and Andrew Fire) received the noble prize in
2006. The Nobel prize laureates discovered that small pieces of RNA, a
form of genetic material, can switch on and off the activity of our
genetic material, the DNA in cells.
"We used that method to bring about the cancer cells to commit suicide" explains Prof. Dr- Thomas T
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