Cancer

Cancer gene map uncovers potential new treatment targets

Map and compass image from Flickr
Map and compass image from Flickr

Researchers in the US have created a comprehensive map of genes that tumour cells rely on to survive.

The project by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute aimed to produce a catalogue of genetic weaknesses in cancer – finding genes that tumour cells depend on to stay alive and grow.

“This important study sheds light on how human cancer cells are dependent on particular genes” – Professor Paul Workman, The Institute of Cancer Research, London

“This important study sheds light on how human cancer cells are dependent on particular genes,” said , a Cancer Research UK-funded drug discovery expert at The Institute of Cancer Research, London. “The genes identified could be targets for drug discovery efforts to find new targeted treatments.”

The researchers investigated more than 500 different human cancer cell…