Animal Research Minute – Could a new finding put the brakes on a deadly cancer?

Well, BBC News reports, a new study is giving scientists illuminating insights into pancreatic cancer – a disease with a very poor prognosis. In studies with mice and people, scientists discovered a gene called USP9x is turned off in pancreatic cancer cells. This gene, also known as the “brake gene,” is important because its job is to stop a cell from dividing uncontrollably. Because scientists have identified a link between this gene and the disease, they believe a new class of drugs that targets it could potentially offer an effective treatment for people with pancreatic cancer.

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