In this day and age cancer is something that runs rampant. Just about everyone you come across has been affected by it be it themselves or through seeing a loved one face it.
Some recent studies have uncovered something quite fascinating. It seems that self-destructing the cancer itself might be an option. Researchers from the Northwestern University have found that through forcing cells to trigger a mechanism within them might be exactly the way to combat cancer. This team discovered sequences in the human genome that when converted into small-double stranded RNA molecules triggered the accidental kill switch in cells that basically prevents cancer.
This is something that we do not know much about but are quite excited to see. These findings mean that we can effectively reduce tumor growth without some of the harmful side effects. This could become a form of cancer therapy in the future once more research has been carried out in regards.
“It’s like committing suicide by stabbing yourself, shooting yourself and jumping off a building all at the same time,”
“You cannot survive.”
“This could be a major breakthrough,”
“We think this is how multicellular organisms eliminated cancer before the development of the adaptive immune system, which is about 500 million years old,”
“It could be a fail-safe that forces rogue cells to commit suicide. We believe it is active in every cell protecting us from cancer.”
You see these RNA molecules not only destroy cancer, but they also get rid of the genes that cancer cells would need to survive. Until recently we did not know why this kind of thing worked. This coding being uncovered opens the door to so much more. Now that we know how this kind of thing works we can even work without chemotherapy to stop cancer or at least will be able to in the future.