New leukemia treatment approach targets cancer genes

Targeting two proteins that influence the development of leukemia may render cancer genes powerless, a study by an international research team suggests. The research was a collaboration between scientists from the Mainz University Medical Center, the Cancer Center in New York, and Harvard University in Boston. Scientists involved with the study demonstrated that a targeted drug-based inactivation of two chromatin regulators can interrupt the development of leukemia in blood cells. Their findings were published in the journal Cancer Discovery. Acute myeloid leukemia is a highly aggressive form of cancer that…

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Obesity Genes And Lifestyle Factors Interact To Elevate Risk Of Disorder, Research Says

Certain genes associated with obesity in addition to environmental and lifestyle factors increase the risk of obesity, according to new research. The findings showed that bad eating habits alone do not contribute to the disorder. In a bid to find out whether lifestyle factors and obesity genes elevate the chances of the disorder, researchers examined data of 120,000 people. The research was presented at the ongoing European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) meeting in Munich. Researchers looked into socioeconomic status of the participants and their lifestyle aspects including daily television watching…

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