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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Scientists identify the gene associated with the growth of breast cancer


CBC News- Multiple copies of a gene called uPAR are associated with the spread of early-stage Breast cancer, U.S. researchers report. The gene offers a promising target for drugs to slow or halt the progression of the disease, says a team from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. It could also serve as a screening tool for determining which kinds of drugs a breast cancer patient will respond to, the researchers said.

The study was published in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "The uPAR system probably plays a role in metastases in many of the common solid tumors," study senior author Dr. Jonathan Uhr, a professor in the Cancer Immunobiology Center, said in a prepared statement.

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