Thursday, August 11, 2011

Israel saving lives again

Israeli Researchers Find Clue to Slow Pancreatic Cancer
Israeli researchers have discovered that a protein known to slow the aging process also seems to prevent the growth of pancreatic cancer, Israel 21c reported. Researchers from the Cancer Research Center at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer studied the behavior of the protein klotho, a natural hormone emitted by the brain and kidneys. The scientists noticed that healthy pancreatic cells contain klotho, but cancerous cells do not. When they injected the cancerous mice with klotho, they discovered that it not only prevented the cancer from spreading, but actually caused tumors to shrink. The results are to be published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. If produced commercially without significant side effects, this substance could provide a needed weapon against pancreatic cancer and other fast-growing cancers.

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