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Scientists Discover How The Most Important Gene Stops Cancer From Developing

TP53 is a protein that regulates cancer cells.

The cure for cancer remains a mystery to this date, and although scientists are doing their best to find one, it might still take a long time for it to get through the market. Several people have survived this notorious disease, but many of them didn’t make it.

The human body has genes that strive hard to protect us from cancer and if they don’t function well, we become vulnerable and our lives are easily put in danger. This is what happens to all cancer victims, but the scientists in Melbourne have found out how a cancer-preventing gene works hard to stop the development of lymphoma and other types of cancer.

A gene called p53 is a tumor protein that works to suppress a tumor.

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TP53 or commonly known as p53, the protein regulates the cancer cells. It plays a very important role in the human body as it blocks out the possible development of a tumor. If p53 fails, it will result in the progression of at least half of all types of cancer.

On the other hand, if the gene functions well, it can instruct cancerous cells to crash or to prevent from developing. One example is lymphoma or cancer of the lymph nodes and lymphatic system, which grows rapidly.

Although researchers know that p53 protecs us from cancer, nobody can actually explain how it prevents tumor progression.

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On the plus side, Melbourne scientists discovered a “special group of genes” that works in the human body’s normal DNA repair process. Called MLH1, they are the crucial genes that make p53 efficient in preventing the development of cancer.

This repair gene also gives effectiveness to p53 in stopping the B-cell lymphomas from developing.

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This new finding should help doctors discover more effective and safe treatments for the cancer patients.

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One of the lead researchers in this study Dr. Ana Janic said that the results might take time to “translate into clinical practice,” but it’s already a great start.

Dr. Janic,an Associate Professor Marco Herold, and Professor Andreas Strasser, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) researchers with honorary University of Melbourne appointments added that the discovery gives the researchers more chances to check if the DNA repair process is also critical in preventing the development of other types of cancer such as pancreatic and colon cancer.

“It is defects (mutations) in this gene that’s actually causing 50 per cent of human cancers. It’s really exciting because we’ve kind of opened the window for many new discoveries in this area.”

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Early Riser Women Have Less Chance of Developing Depression Than Late Risers, Study Claims

It’s time to wake up early.

It's not easy to wake up early if you sleep late at night. However, a new study finds that women who get up early in the morning are less likely to get depressed than those who wake up late.

The study, conducted by the scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, looked into over 32,000 women with an average age of 55. Researchers found out that those who are not morning persons are more susceptible to depression. The findings of this study were published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

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A Photographer’s Chilling Capture Of Ukraine’s Serial Killers’ Gazes

I won’t mind staying out of their line of sight, please.

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Independent photographer David Tesinsky, known for depicting controversial and unusual social topics through his photo series, embarked on another evocative photo-documentary, this time, in a prison in Kharkiv, east of Ukraine. Those who have seen his latest photos describe the portraits chilling.

Tesinsky, writing in an article entitled “I’ve Photographed the Gaze of Serial Killers In A Prison In Ukraine”, shared that the Kharkiv jail had more leeway for those incarcerated. The penitentiary for the worst criminals in Ukraine allows weddings of prisoners inside its walls, provides TV for each convict and offers a room for rent for those who want private time with their lovers.

Together with Ukrainian journalist Oleksiy Naumenko, Tesinsky photographs the looks of evil. Locked behind bars, his camera captures the faces of men and women convicted of killing strangers, policemen and family members - one of them guilty of murdering 29 people.

Check this gallery and gaze into the eyes of these killers, all of whom are serving life sentences.

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Tibetan Girl’s Unconventional Beauty Shakes the Modeling World

Her look is so different, “out of this world” is a more fitting description for her.

Right now, when you say "supermodel," you immediately think of Kendall Jenner or the Hadid sisters, Gigi and Bella. They may differ when it comes to looks, but they are still considered conventional by modeling standards. Now a new model comes in and her look is so different, and some say "out of this world" is a more fitting description for her.

Tsunaina, who hails from Tibet and is currently living in the UK, has beautiful slanted eyes, gorgeous pouty lips, chiseled jawline, and lots of beauty marks scattered all over her lower face.

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