London: A faulty gene is linked to more than a third of all kidney cancers. The finding will help researchers understand how the cancer develops and may in the future lead to new treatments and earlier diagnosis.
The exact reason why the gene is damaged or "turned off" has not yet been discovered. However, by identifying the gene, the experts hope they will be able to find therapies to target the "Achilles` heel" of the cancer in the future. Kidney cancer is particularly deadly as it shows few symptoms until it has advanced to a level when it is virtually untreatable. Andy Futreal, co-author at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, said it was another piece in the jigsaw. "This is a major new player in renal cancer and provides new targets for treatment," he added. IANS
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