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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.”


Dad Shares Heartbreaking Photo Of Son Comforting His Sister Who Has Incurable Cancer

Little Addy passed away from a rare terminal brain tumor.

Seeing someone die can be really depressing especially if there's nothing we can do about it, but it is more disheartening if you see a helpless kid fighting for her life. This recently happened to a father whose daughter passed away due to incurable cancer.

In November 2016, four-year-old Adalynn "Addy" Sooter was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Her parents Chandra and Matt Sooter from Rodgers, Arkansas noticed that she was walking "funny" at the Silver Dollar City theme park in Missouri.

They decided to bring her to the doctor shortly after Halloween 2016.

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Mother Of Epileptic Boy Vows To Return To Canada For More Illegal Cannabis Oil

Authorities confiscated the cannabis oil because it’s illegal, but she wants her son to live.

They say mothers know best and they will certainly do everything they can to protect their children from any harm and danger. But what if the cure for their kids' sickness is illegal?

Case in point, Charlotte Caldwell, a Northern Ireland-based single mother, flew to Canada to get Cannabis oil for his son's severe epilepsy. Billy Caldwell, 12, suffers up to 100 seizures a day and his mom said that the oil has improved his condition dramatically.

Unfortunately, the Cannabis oil, which is extracted from marijuana, is still illegal in the UK.

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9-Year-Old Fortnite Addict Sent To Rehab After Wetting Self, Attacking Her Own Father

She would spend 10 hours per day just playing the game, staying up until dawn.

It's difficult to stop playing when the game is getting interesting. However, one nine-year-old may have taken her interest in Fortnite too far. The primary school student would reportedly continue playing once her parents have gone to bed and stay up until 5:00 AM. The young game addict also ended up falling asleep in class because she didn't get a good night's sleep.

The little girl's obsession with Fortnite has certainly gone from bad to worse. Her parents reported that the nine-year-old would urinate into the cushion she sat on instead of pausing her game to go to the toilet. In addition to that, she had attacked her own father because he threatened to take away her Xbox gaming console. Her parents had no choice but to put their daughter in rehab to combat her addiction.

The nine-year-old girl would reportedly spend 10 hours playing Fortnite per day.

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