Summary #188

'Dismantling cancer' reveals weak spots
  • Scientists used Crispr to dismantle almost 20,000 genes from 300 lab-grown tumors of 30 different types of cancer and found 600 potential targets for new drugs.
  • Current treatments, like chemotherapy, undesirably damage healthy cells throughout the body, and the study is a big step towards solving this issue.
  • Overall the goal is to create a “Cancer Dependency Map” of vulnerabilities in different cancers so that doctors could administer drugs which would kill only cancerous cells.
  • This study, however, is just the starting point.


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