A study about elephants opens new directions for combat against cancer


“When there is DNA damage, it rushes onto the scene and stops your cells from dividing so the DNA can be repaired,” Dr. Joshua Schiffman, a pediatric oncologist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City and a senior author of the study said. He explained also the vulnerability that humans have: humans inherit one allele of TP53 from each of their parents, and both of them must be functional to fight off cancer; studies show that if one of the alleles is defective, cancer is certain to develop sooner or later. What can I do to benefit of this scientific discovery ? The researchers believe that reinforcing the protection offered by TP53 would be enough to prevent our own cells from becoming cancerous. They hope to create a drug that mimics the actions of TP53 and even imagining other possibilities.


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