Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Genes research

Continuing  the Edinburgh University theme, Sciennes researcher Axel Thomson features in the list of promising research discoveries.  More details from the BBC earlier this month.

In his own words:
"We pinpointed which genes were active in embryonic prostate development and compared their behaviour in the development of prostate cancer.  Through this process we were excited to discover that the presence of one gene, decorin, was reduced in tumours compared to normal prostate cells.  This observation suggests that decorin's normal role may be to slow cancer growth, which is a really exciting possibility.  If our suspicions are verified then this could mean that, in the future, measurement of decorin levels could become a reliable diagnostic test for prostate cancer and also help determine how aggressive the disease is."

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