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Scientists Turn Healthy Cells Cancerous

Biologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research recently announced in the journal Nature that they have been able to genetically alter a healthy human cell to create a cancerous one. The discovery is being hailed as an important step forward towards the development of anti-cancer drugs. Previously, scientists have been able to turn normal cells cancerous by using chemicals and e-rays, but this is the first time it has been accomplished through genetic manipulation. This holds promise for a relatively new approach to treating cancer, one that attempts to remove the underlying genetic flaws that cause cancer instead of attacking both healthy and cancerous cells with present-day chemotherapy treatments. The sites listed provide information about this important new development in cancer research.
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In the News: Scientists Turn Healthy Cells Cancerous
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  • https://scout.wisc.edu/report/1999/0730
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July 30th, 1999
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April 3rd, 2003 at 12:38pm
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April 3rd, 2003 at 12:38pm
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