Deletion of One Gene Can Save Thousands
Pancreatic cancer is an extremely aggressive cancer that often times is left to diagnosed at a much later stage than other cancers. As the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, it is believed to bump up to number two by 2020. This new research began with theories regarding arising tumors which are caused by adult cells reverting into their earlier, primitive embryonic development stages; they grow. Low and behold, researchers have discovered that the ATDC gene, once removed, prevented lab mice from acquiring pancreatic cancer whereas the other mice under the same conditions with the gene did acquire pancreatic cancer. Further experiments have also led to the discovery of specific proteins and more details on the chain reaction mechanism that ATDC goes through to cause pancreatic cancer.