18 Jun '11, 1pm

Fix for gene mutations could help cure cancer

NEW YORK - Scientists have hit on a genetic trick that opens up fresh avenues for the treatment of devastating diseases such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and certain forms of cancer. The technique corrects glitches in genetic machinery that cause the body to make faulty versions of proteins that can lead to the onset of disease. Although the work is at an early stage, the strategy represents a radical new approach to tackling mutations that give rise to an estimated one-third of all genetic disorders. "This is a really powerful concept that can be used to try to suppress the tendency of individuals to get certain debilitating, and sometimes fatal genetic diseases," said Dr Robert Bambara at the University of Rochester Medical Centre, who was not involved in the study. Proteins are the workhorses of the body and carry out all of the functions necessary for life, f...

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