Mayo Clinic discovers 'new pathway' against pancreatic cancer

Mayo Researchers determined that they can decrease a known regulator of cancer cell survival -- in effect, turn this regulator off -- and when they do, the pancreatic cancer cells undergo apoptosis (commit cell suicide) and die. Pancreatic cancer kills 30,000 Americans every year. Not only is there no cure, but there are no effective treatments. That may change if a new finding by Mayo Clinic researchers continues to show promise. In the March 15 issue of the journal Cancer Research,(http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/future/65.6.shtml)

Mayo Clinic discovers 'new pathway' against pancreatic cancer

BioBOOM Op/Ed: As they say in the article, the finding may be applied to make pancreatic cells more sensitive to gemcitabine, the sole drug available for treating pancreatic cancer. For all you biotech investors, gemicitabine is sold by Lilly under the trade name Gemzar.

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