Key Protein In Blood Vessel Formation Found; Could Help Fight Against Heart Disease, Cancer

The discovery of a protein that plays a critical role in the formation of blood vessels could lead to more effective treatments for heart disease and cancer, researchers report. The protein, designated Egfl7, guides the newly born cells that will become blood vessels as they form the required tubular structure, a group led by Weilan Ye, a scientist at the biotechnology company Genentech Inc., reports in the April 15 issue of Nature.

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