Master of Arts
- Feb 12, 2007
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Combining the number-crunching potency of computers with an exploration of the genetic code
British-based researchers said a gene called UTX, found in the X gender chromosome, played the role of ringmaster in 10 percent of cases of multiple myeloma and one in 12 cancers of the oesophagus.
Let me preface this question with the admission that I have next to no knowledge of genetic research, short of that involved with my own syndrome. However, is the quote above stating that the identified UTX gene is an unexpected common denominator, or that they saw it in only 10% of one cancer type and 1/12 of the other? Because if the latter interpretation is correct, this doesn't sound like a "master cancer" gene. Maybe someone with a bit more understanding could clarify the significance?
Nonetheless, I'm glad to hear they've made this breakthrough, and hope it leads to some long-overdue cures.