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Subspecialties Oncology, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Genetics and epigenetics

Kill Command for Cancer

The “cellular kill code” that small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules harness to eradicate cancer cells has been present for an estimated 800 million years. Unfortunately, we haven’t known what it is or how to use it – until now. The deadly code has now been found to result from just six nucleotides – between positions two and seven in a sequence of 19 – known as the 6mer seed sequence. Marcus Peter, Professor of Cancer Metabolism at Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, USA, led research into the siRNA nucleotide sequence. And he is now understandably excited by the prospect of targeting cancer.

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Luke Turner

While completing my undergraduate degree in Biology, I soon discovered that my passion and strength was for writing about science rather than working in the lab. My master’s degree in Science Communication allowed me to develop my science writing skills and I was lucky enough to come to Texere Publishing straight from University. Here I am given the opportunity to write about cutting edge research and engage with leading scientists, while also being part of a fantastic team!

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