Friday, January 11, 2019

DNA Replication and Cancer

According to Medical Press, a research team at Florida State University, led by Department of Biological Sciences Professor David Gilbert and post-doctoral researcher Ben Pope, has taken an in-depth look at how DNA and the associated genetic material replicate and organize within a cell's nucleus. Their work could be especially crucial for doctors and medical researchers who have found that the DNA replication process is typically disrupted in cancer patients. "Why does this process exist? Why is it awry in diseases? That's why this research is important for us as a society," Gilbert said. The paper, appearing in the Nov. 19 edition of the journal Nature, reported that the researchers were able to identify the units by which the genetic material replicated. This could become crucial information as scientists tackle complicated diseases where the replication timing is disrupted. Scientists believe continued research in this area could lead to novel treatment options for cancer patients 


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