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Tuesday, 4th December 2012
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Kyoto University study reveals hope for cancer stem cell destruction

Researchers at Kyoto University may have made a significant discovery in the treatment of cancer following a study in which a marker has been used to seek out cancer cells in mice.

The rodent involved in the study developed colon cancer which was treated with the marker which was able to pick out cancer stem cells without damaging surrounding healthy cells, the Asahi Shimbun reports.

Results of the study are due to be published in the journal Nature Genetics, and it is hoped that the research could lead to treatment which is able to successfully target cancerous cells, without affecting healthy cells. 

Following treatment, the rodent was found to be almost cancer-free after professor of gastroenterology at Kyoto University Tsutomu Chiba and his colleagues identified the DCLK1 protein involved in the growth of nerve cells.

Toyko University professor  Shinya Yamanaka made headlines this year when it was announced he was to be awarded 2012's Nobel Prize in Medicine along with British professor John Gourdon.

The pair were involved in the discovery of reversing the biological clock within living cells.

Written by Mark Smith

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