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Hospital researchers identify gene important in certain cancers

owing development of a full-blown cancer.

Ongoing research by the hospital research team is aimed at discovering functions for the other FOR proteins. Once the roles of the proteins in both normal and cancer cells are established, Assoc Prof Richards team hopes that deletion in the FOR gene will be useful as a diagnostic tool for some cancers.

The research teams ultimate hope is that their research will provide insights into human cancer which will result in new treatments.

The Womens and Childrens Hospital has recently filed a patent on the FOR gene.


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Contact: Dr Edna Bates
batese@wch.sa.gov.au
618-8204- 7388
Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide - Part of the Children, Youth and Women's Health Service
4-Mar-2001


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