Gene Switch Turns Off Cancer

Turning on a key gene inside cancer cells dramatically slows their spread, researchers have found. The discovery could lead to a new "class" of cancer drugs for the future, they say. The team, from Hoffmann-La Roche in New Jersey, US, have nicknamed their drug molecules after the town of Nutley, where their labs are based. They found that their "Nutlins" held back tumour growth by 90% when given to mice in which human tumours were growing.

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