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.
scientists have also identified a new anti-tumor drug.