Today I read an article from Science Now that said cancer researchers had recently found a new genetic RNA abnormality in tumor cells that distinguishes them from normal cells. This is a good thing … until I read on and found out that it was an RNA strand that they’d been ignoring up until now because this simple strand didn’t look like it did anything promising.
Now, to me, this is a rather important development since it may just tell researchers how cancer starts and how to detect it earlier in tumor biopsies. It may also, hopefully, show researchers how to stop cancer dead in its tracks.
In order to figure out what causes something, shouldn’t you look at ALL aspects of it? Even the ones you think are unimportant? That was a basic science concept when I was growing up ..…wonder why it changed?
Cancer is an ugly cold-blooded murderer. Anything that helps to retard it or stop it completely is phenomenal, in my opinion. To ignore the repeated stretches of DNA that don’t delineate proteins because they didn’t look important isn’t very good science or researching. I realize researchers have to concentrate on the things they can get funded for, but something like this should be overwhelmingly funded for the progress it can create in killing a killer.
When the researchers “stained this satellite RNA in (mouse) pancreatic tissue that had been removed for biopsy, they showed that the cancer cells clearly stood out even in early stages of the disease.” (Science Now) WOW!!!
This is MAJOR for detecting cancer earlier in humans when a needle biopsy is done. The so-called “satellite” markers that these repeated DNA stretches produce (protein markers) can be found in the blood sample being tested with a circulating tumor cell chip, or CTC chip. Since cancer cells are abnormal, it makes them easier to distinguish them from normal cells. The only problem is, they haven’t, yet, figured out how to use the CTC chip to find the satellite RNA markers that are in the cancer cells trapped in the blood in the CTC chip. I have faith they will soon.
Anything to kill this monster. Both of my parents died from cancer so I fully support all research to stop this killer. I hope you do too.