06 Jan '12, 2am

S'pore scientists identify gene responsible for lung cancer

SINGAPORE: Singapore scientists have, for the first time, identified a gene responsible for lung cancer. The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) said the finding, reported in the advanced online issue of Cell on January 5, is a huge step towards finding a cure for the disease. The team is headed by Dr Bing Lim, associate director of Cancer Stem Cell Biology at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), a research institute under the umbrella of A*STAR, and Dr Elaine Lim, medical oncologist affiliated with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS). A*STAR said a small number of cells, known as cancer stem cells or tumour-initiating cells (TIC), are responsible for the promotion of tumour growth. And the team was successful in finding a marker, known as CD166, to identify these cells. With the finding of this marker, the team th...

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