Discovery of genetic "brake" may develop MS and cancer delay
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Scientists have the genetic "brake" found that diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis could slow down or stop, it is claimed.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh said that their findings may also lead to new treatments for these diseases.

Previously it was thought that a select group of "master" gene responsible for controlling the growth of cells that can lead to the conditions. But the study found that in reality there are hundreds of genes that interact with each other.

Scientists said they believed that variations in the network explains why people in different ways diseases can develop. The team hopes that by identifying weaknesses in the genetic structure they will be able to support the growth of tumors and to stop the growth of healthy cells as possible.

Professor David Hume, of the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute, who led the study, said: "This study has effectively shown that the brakes are diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis could slow down or stop. "We believe that this could lead to treatments and therapies for many diseases of the immune system. The findings are published in the journal Nature Genetics.

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