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Conquering Cancer One of the first scientists to prove that cancer is genetic was Biologist Dr Weinburg In Weinburgs experiment he took cancerous cells from rats brains and mixed their DNA with that of normal cells The result was that the cells became cancerous proving that cancer is in genes In recent years our knowledge about cancer and what causes it has greatly increased We now know that vital genes mutating cause cancer Just one mutated nucleotide out of 15000 can turn what would be a normal cell into a cancerous one These mutations have been linked to control cells What scientists believe is that the signal that cells receive from control cells that tell them to divide is being given without reason They also think this has to do with the cell having too many receptors All types of cancer are caused by cells dividing too rapidly or often this causes abnormal growths How you obtain a given form of cancer can differ greatly Smoking diet chemicals etc can cause cancer or it could just be hereditary At this point the treatments we have for cancer are vague Radiation therapy and chemotherapy destroy numerous body cells and doctors can only hope to kill more bad cells than good The most effective treatment would be to pinpoint the location of the genetic mutation and cure patients that way Scientist said at a resent convention that this a focus of their approach to curing cancer In early experiments with rats they were able to locate the unco genes Unco genes are the mutated genes that cause cancer What is far more interesting is that in rats with more aggressive tumors they found more unco genes and in rats with less aggressive tumors they found less unco genes Also they found in more deadly tumors that there were more receptor on the cells After finding the information about the number of unco genes and
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