New molecule kills kidney cancer cells

stanford researchers have discovered a molecule that kills kidney cancer cells! it’s called STF-62247, and it kills the cancer cells in people whose vhl genes aren’t working. (vhl genes are tumor suppressors, but don’t work in 75% of kidney tumor cells.) the other bonus to this STF-62247 is that, when killing cancer cells, it’s generally harmless to other cells, because these other cells carry a vhl gene that works. so this means that not only does this molecule have the potential to cure kidney cancer – a form of cancer whose only real treatment, currently, is removal of the affected kidney – but also has the potential to remove many of the side effects associated with other cancer treatments.

more info can be found in this article and this article. both from eurekalert.org

scientists have also identified a new anti-tumor drug.

scott

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