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Down's cancer link 'solved'

21st May 2009

Scientists believe they may have solved the mystery of why people with Down's syndrome seem to have a lower risk of some cancers.

Tests on mice indicate that the extra copy of chromosome 21 which causes Down's appears to contain a gene that protects from solid cancerous tumours and interferes with signals a tumour relies on to grow. The findings, published in the journal Nature from a study by the Children’s Hospital of Boston, has raised hope of new ways to prevent and treat cancer.


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