Gene found that stops some cancers in their tracks

8 October 2009

Paul Edwards, a molecular biologist at Cambridge University, along with colleagues, has identified the gene called NRG1 as crucial in the determination of a sample of breast tumours. By identifying the gene they hope to develop new techniques of screening potential cancer patients and developing new treatments. This discovery is thought to be the biggest step forward in the field since another gene; p53 was discovered in the 1970s. Knowing the identity of the gene will lead towards learning more about how it is involved in breast cancer development.