Thursday, November 03, 2005

Research unlocks breast cancer clue

Matt Pacenza, Times Union November 2, 2005
A new drug developed by three Albany Medical College researchers that mimics a protein produced by fetuses has shown a tantalizing ability to stop breast cancer tumors. The findings released Tuesday at a conference in Baltimore build on research showing that women who give birth are less likely to get breast cancer. Further study isolated a substance called alpha-fetoprotein that appears to help these women fight off tumors. Now, the Albany Med researchers have figured out how to make the protein in the lab.


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