According to ENN:
> Scientists at Scripps Research have uncovered a new strategy to kill tumors, including some triple-negative breast cancers, without harming healthy cells, a discovery that could lead to more ways to treat tumors while reducing side effects.
The study published in Nature Communication shows that:
> A molecule in cells, called Rad52, repairs special kinds of damaged DNA that accumulate in some cancers. A future therapeutic could inhibit Rad52, robbing cancer cells of this repair mechanism.
ENN goes on by explaining:
> “This could give us a way to kill tumors without harming normal cells,” says Xiaohua Wu, PhD, professor at Scripps Research and senior author of the study. “That’s the future. That’s the goal for targeted cancer treatments—to make these treatments a part of precision medicine.”
Incredible to see the development of more precise medicine for killing cancerous tumors. According to the Precision Medicine Initiative, precision medicine is
> An emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.
This approach will allow medical professionals to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies would work for patients.
This approach will expand into many areas of health and healthcare in the coming years.
Reality Changing Observations:
Q1. Do you have a family member or friend that has been affected by a cancerous tumor?
Q2. How would this technology change our society for good?
Q3. What other illnesses do you think technology will affect?