Scientists claim to have discovered genes that develop cancers

  • PTI, Melbourne
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  • Updated: Mar 30, 2013 09:20 IST

A group of scientists in Australia claimed to have discovered the genes which can increase a person's risk of developing several cancers.

Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) has been working with an international study led by Cambridge University in England for the research project that examined the DNA make-up of more than 200,000 people, an ABC report said.

"Every single one of these new genes we've discovered - in total across all the cancers there's more than 150 of them - any one of those genes might lead us into completely new kinds of treatments for these cancers," QIMR spokeswoman Georgia Chenevix-Trench was quoted as saying.

"It'll take a lot more work of this type to actually understand how these genes operate and then how we might be able to interfere with them in some way," she said.

Chenevix-Trench, however, pointed out that translation of the research outcome into treatment may take a long time.

"The first thing you need to do to devise new treatments is to understand the mechanism underlying these diseases and this is really providing some very new insights into some of the genes that might be responsible," she said.


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