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Re: [MOL] Scientists find how to make cancer cells die



Thanks Joicy!
Love Mam
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From: Becker, Joicy <Joicy.Becker@PTSEM.EDU>
To: 'MOLers' <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Thursday, 7 January 1999 0:44
Subject: [MOL] Scientists find how to make cancer cells die


>Dearest friends, my time has not been my own lately, but you are never far
>from my thoughts. My heart is especially grieving for those of you who have
>been receiving some very hard news lately. I wish with all my being I could
>make it "all better," prayers not withstanding. Still, we can't lose hope,
>and to that end, I'm sending a few articles that seem encouraging about
>what's on the horizon...lots of love, hugs and prayers, Joicy
>
>---------------------
>
>UNITED KINGDOM: Scientists find how to make cancer cells die
>    [01/05/99; Reuters News Service]
>
>LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - British scientists said on Wednesday
>they had discovered how cancer cells can be instructed to die,
>opening the way for new anti-cancer therapies.
>
>The scientists, whose findings were reported in Journal of the
>National Cancer Institute, said they had identified a group of
>genes that could halt the production of the enzyme telomerase,
>which prevents cancer cells from dying.
>
>The enzyme is found in cancer cells but not in normal human cells.
>
>``This is a major advance in that we have now demonstrated that
>switching off telomerase actually turns off cancer cells' division
>potential and stops them dividing in every case,'' Professor
>Robert Newbold of Brunel University in West London and a lead
>investigator, said in a telephone interview.
>
>The full article can be found at:
>
>http://www.infoseek.com/Content?arn=a2142LBY228reulb-19990105&col=NX
>
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