HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Finding a cure for cancer: The holy grail of science

To find a cure for cancer, the modern-day plague of our society is synonymous to finding the holy grail of science.

At a recent EuroDYNA conference in Brno, Czech Republic, scientists from around Europe came together to share their research carried out in the field of genetics and cell nucleus architecture. A greater understanding of the body's building blocks might ultimately lead to a better understanding of human disease.

Understanding DNA damage
Jiri Bartek from the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen in Denmark, is one step closer to understanding the route of cancer through his work on cell response to DNA damage. By using a UV laser to damage DNA strands inside tumour cells, the Copenhagen team is able to directly observe the different checkpoints in the cell.

Each time a cell divides its genetic information must be doubled in order for the genes to remain the same. A cell that is about to become tumorous can not make this genome replication and division without errors. To spot errors in the genetic material cells have evolved mechanisms to slow down or block cell division (so called cell-cycle checkpoints), promote DNA repair, or eliminate damaged, hazardous cells by engaging a cellular suicide program. How cells make the choice between life and death in response to DNA damage is critical not only for the fate of each cell, but also for avoiding life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

In cells with an early pre-tumorous change, the entire checkpoint network is activated. The system puts an end to such cells or blocks their division by a process of cellular senescence. On the other hand, defects in the DNA damage response machinery, or a phenomenon of checkpoint adaptation (when the cell arrest is long-term and not irreversible) may allow the cell to escape from the DNA damage-imposed blockade and despite its damaged DNA, it may multiply. This can give birth to a tumour.

Bartek and his team
'"/>

Contact: Sofia Valleley
svalleley@esf.org
33-388-762-149
European Science Foundation
21-Nov-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Finding protection from tumor growth in unexpected places
2. Finding the white wine difference
3. Finding an answer to Darwins Dilemma
4. Finding the right mix: A biomaterial blend library
5. Finding paves way for better treatment of autoimmune disease
6. Finding about cellular microtubule rigidity could lead to development of new nano-materials
7. Findings by Einstein scientists reveal possible strategy against obesity, diabetes and infertility
8. Finding of a new molecular marker of resistance to chemotherapy in breast cancer
9. Finding a cellular Neverland: How stem cells stay childlike
10. Finding a virus is not all bad news
11. Finding life on Mars and outer space begins by examining Earths inner space

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/2/2017)... TOKYO , Feb. 1, 2017  Central ... innovative and meaningful advances worldwide, The Japan Prize ... Japan Prize, who have pushed the envelope in ... Information and Communication. Three scientists are being recognized ... outstanding achievements that not only contribute to the ...
(Date:1/26/2017)... 2017  Acuity Market Intelligence today released the ... Identity".  Acuity characterizes 2017 as a "breakout" year ... reflects a new understanding of the potential benefits ... digital identity are often perceived as threats to ... Principal of Acuity Market intelligence. "However, taken together ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global ... ... recognition biometrics market to grow at a CAGR of 19.36% during ... scenario and the growth prospects of the global voice recognition biometrics ... the revenue generated from the sales of voice recognition biometrics including ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... -- Financial Highlights ... unaudited)Three Months Ended December 31,Twelve Months Ended December 31,20162015% ... $           300$   ... Product Revenue 3539(10)%9498(4)%Kuvan Net Product ... 756025%297303(2)%Vimizim Net Product Revenue ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017  In Atlanta, it seems ... fashion, and culture intertwine to create an expressive and dynamic ... reflect this energy and contribute to it. ... Hair Fairies seeks to carry on that tradition ... Atlanta salon is the newest of ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) , ... ... ... firm, PathSensors, Inc., announced today that in a published evaluation of multiple ... (PNNL), a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory, PathSensors’ CANARY® biosensor threat detection ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017  Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... other medical conditions, today announced that Linda Marbán, Ph.D, president ... upcoming investor conferences: Cowen and Company ... 10:00 am ET Boston, MA ... at 9:00 am PT (12:00 pm ET) Dana ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: