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Tuesday, 10th February 2009
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Scientists in Japan identify cancer-suppressing enzyme

Japanese scientists have successfully identified an enzyme that could be used to suppress breast cancer.

The discovery could lead to new methods of controlling one of the most common types of cancer in the world.

Junn Yanagisawa of the University of Tsukuba's Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, said the protein enzyme known as CHIP prevents tumour growth and metastasis.

He commented: 'In breast tumour treatments, measurement of the CHIP protein levels in the tumors may be valuable information for the treatment.'

After lung cancer, breast cancer is the world's second most common form of the disease.

In 2005, it accounted for one per cent of all deaths worldwide.

Scientists believe the CHIP enzyme can stunt the growth of breast cancers by degrading a number of proteins that usually cause it to spread.

In related news, scientists in Japan also recently claimed to have discovered the oldest genes in the world.

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