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The discovery, claim the scientists, could help avoid chemotherapy and go a long way in the fight against cancer
In a path-breaking study, scientists at Northwestern University in Illinois claim to have discovered a ‘kill code’, present in each cell of the human body. The code can be triggered to kill the cell itself in case it gets infected by cancer.
The discovery, claim the scientists, could help avoid chemotherapy and go a long way in the fight against cancer. The ‘kill code’ lends every cell an ability to eliminate the rogue cell. As soon as the cell’s ‘inner bodyguards’ get to know that it is mutating and assuming cancerous traits, they get into action.
Embedded in ribonucleic acids, scientists say the cancerous cells could be encouraged to kill themselves. They say that chemotherapy would not be required then. Dealing with aggressive tumours, though, could take some time, say the scientists.
“We can trigger the mechanism without having to use chemotherapy and without messing with the genome,” says Marcus E. Peter, the study lead author and Tomas D. Spies, Professor of Cancer Metabolism. “We can use these small RNAs directly, introduce them into cells and trigger the kill switch,” the professors at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine claim.