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Down’s syndrome and cancer

Posted in Genetics, Scientific research by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on May 21, 2009

I meant to write about this the other day but I didn’t have time. Now it has been reported everywhere it is easier just to link to the reports: Nature has published a report explaining why people with Down’s syndrome are less susceptible to cancer.

“A gene on the extra chromosome that causes Down’s syndrome helps to protect those with the disorder from some types of cancer.

Sandra Ryeom, a vascular biologist at Children’s Hospital Boston in Massachusetts, and her colleagues experimented with mice and with human cells to show that an additional third copy of the DSCR1 gene (also known as RCAN1) can suppress the growth of the blood vessels that feed cancerous tumours.”

I previously reported on how a better understanding of Down’s syndrome may aid breast cancer therapy.

More on this from the BBC, MIT Technology Review, and Forbes.

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  1. farrellsx4 said, on May 22, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I read the same as my son was in the hospital just two weeks ago with a virus and subsequent low platelets. It was scary to say the least but while doing much research I read about these new findings.

    Thank you for the info you post – always find something interesting here.


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