DNA sequencing: revolutionary cancer therapy

DNA sequencing: revolutionary cancer therapy



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Cancer research: British start gigantic project

The British government wants to track down cancer and rare diseases with a gigantic project. With the help of hundreds of millions of euros and the decoding of 100,000 DNA sequences, cancer therapies could possibly be revolutionized in the future.

Hundreds of millions of euros for cancer research The UK government is investing hundreds of millions of euros in the fight against cancer and rare diseases in a gigantic nationwide gene research program. Around 100,000 DNA sequences are to be decrypted by 2017, according to the British Prime Minister David Cameron. The government and partner organizations have made a total of £ 300 million (around € 378 million) available. According to an AFP report, Cameron said: "With this agreement, Britain will be at the forefront of global genetic research in the coming years."

Developing more effective treatments The program aims to take and analyze DNA samples from a total of 75,000 sick patients and their close relatives. The genes of the tumor cells are then compared, for example, with the healthy cells of the patients and those of their relatives. The researchers hope that they will find small differences in the genes that caused the onset of cancer or rare diseases. With the help of such knowledge, personalized and significantly more effective treatments could be developed.

Chemotherapy drugs soon history? The types of cancer that are examined include colon, breast, lung, prostate and blood cancer. The scientists have already received several hundred DNA samples from donors. By the end of the year there should be around 10,000. "If we look back in 20 years, all the chemotherapy drugs with their ugly side effects will be history," said Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust charity involved.

British invest a lot in medical research The British invest a lot in other areas of medical research. In June, the dpa news agency reported that Britain launched a research project under the leadership of Cardiff University in Wales with the development of an effective drug against dementia with £ 16 million. The British government had used its G8 presidency the previous year to put dementia on the international agenda. (ad)


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