Genes can be switched off before birth to prevent cancer, study suggests

Scientists discovered a switch inside a tumour that can be turned off hours before fertilisation

Mustafa Javid Qadri
Monday 06 February 2023 12:37 GMT
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Researchers have described this groundbreaking discovery as “a new clinical chapter for the early detection of cancer”
Researchers have described this groundbreaking discovery as “a new clinical chapter for the early detection of cancer” (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Genes that can trigger cancer could be switched off before birth, a study has suggested.

Researchers from Bath University believe they discovered a switch inside a tumour, and it can be ‘turned off‘ hours after fertilisation.

Co-author Professor Tony Perry led the research from the Department of Life Sciences at Bath. He said: “Our work could open a new clinical chapter for the early detection of cancer.”

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