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Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Survival Protein a Potential New Target for Many Cancers

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Caption: Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have discovered a promising strategy for treating cancers that are caused by one of the most common cancer-causing changes in cells.

Dr. Gemma Kelly, Dr. Marco Herold and Professor Andreas Strasser led a research team investigating how cells with high levels of MYC stay alive and grow. They discovered that lymphomas that have high levels of MYC cannot survive long-term without a protein called MCL-1 which makes cells long-lived.

The research was published in Genes & Development.

Media release: http://www.wehi.edu.au/site/latest_news/survival_protein_a_potential_new_target_for_many_cancers

Credit: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

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