Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cool: "Gene Mutations Shows Potential in Treating Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma"

I just read a really cool new study that may lead to finding new ways to treat and/or cure non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The bad news: researchers have found new genetic mutations that could lead to the development of a scary aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The good news: these findings provide insight into the way cancer cells survive, which means they can more easily identify potential new targets for treatment of the disease.

In this study, scientists began by identifying different variables that affect how lymphoma cells survive. They discovered that interference of some components caused many lymphoma cells to die.

Kinda confusing, but stick with me. Then the researchers looked for adaptations in the genes of the tumors. They discovered that 20% of the tumors had mutations, which blocked a braking process that normally turns off the pathway's response to inhibitory signals.

Okay, I've already confused myself, but in conclusion, this is all very good stuff that will lead to better treatment developments. Yippee!


  1. Catie PucherJuly 01, 2010

    that is rly confusing but im glad u think its useful info!

  2. Jeff PinkoJuly 01, 2010

    That "scary aggressive" form of lymphoma sounds... scary.

  3. Steve WhiteJuly 01, 2010

    I read about this, too. Looks like it could yield some interesting developments. Good post.

  4. Nate RocklandJuly 01, 2010

    Non-hodgkin's is really crazy as it is, so I'm glad they're finding some new treatment options

  5. Nate McMurrayJuly 01, 2010

    Scientists are on the ball.