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[MOL] "cell suicide" studies

More encouraging news...they can't move fast enough, as far as i'm
concerned. Love, Joicy

Harnessing "cell suicide" may fight cancer
    [08/28/98; Reuters News Service]

NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) -- A natural process that prompts mutated
or damaged cells to undergo apoptosis -- a type of ''cell suicide''
-- might one day be harnessed to kill cancer cells, suggest the
authors of a report published in the August 28th issue of Science.

When a cell is damaged, it normally undergoes apoptosis and 
self-destructs.  Cancer cells, however, may fail to self-destruct, 
even though they are defective.

But the discovery of ``death receptors'' -- proteins that, when 
activated, trigger the process -- suggests that apoptosis may be 
used to kill cancer cells, according to the authors of the article, 
Drs. Avi Ashkenazi and Vishva M.  Dixit, of Genentech Inc. (GNE - news), 
San Francisco, California.

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