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Monday, April 20, 2009

Genetic hope ( in the form of "Genetic Brakes") for MS and cancer patients

Published Date: 20 April 2009
SCOTS scientists have discovered genetic "brakes" which could slow down or stop diseases such as multiple sclerosis and cancer, it was announced yesterday.
In what has been hailed as a "big step" towards answering one of medical science's great questions, the findings of researchers at the Roslin Institute could lead to new treatments and even cures for illnesses which affect the immune system.

It was previously thought that a select group of "master" genes was responsible for controlling the growth of cells that can cause the conditions.

But the study discovered that there are actually hundreds of genes which interact with each other in a way that is much more complicated than previously thought.

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