Dec 1, 2016

Building “genetic circuits” in cells could kill tumors

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

More on the cell circuited technology that will deprive cancer cells of oxygen.

Imagine having cells in your body that can actively repel cancer in a way that makes it theoretically impossible for you to suffer from it.

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Southampton…have engineered cells with a so-called “built-in genetic circuit” capable of producing a molecule for inhibiting the ability of tumors to grow and survive in the body.

“There are various defense mechanisms built into human cells, such as proteins that spot DNA damage, but there are also gaps in this defense system that are exploited by disease,” Professor Ali Tavassoli, one of the lead authors of the paper …“We were wondering if it is possible to equip human cells with the ability to sense and respond to a disease marker…”

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