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February 14, 2005

Poor cell memory is key to cancer

Topics: Medicine

The mechanism of genetic alteration that this research has uncovered may underlie the molecular basis of a substantial proportion of cancers.

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A family of enzymes may trigger cancer by sabotaging cell memory, research suggests.

Every time a cell divides, it has to remember which of its genes are switched on or off at the time.

If that memory is impaired, this can disrupt the proper development of cells and trigger cancer.

Scientists at Cancer Research UK and Cambridge's Babraham Institute have shown certain enzymes can alter this genetic memory.

Posted by Hyscience at February 14, 2005 12:22 PM



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