They have been dubbed the “fountain of youth”. Now scientists have shown that telomeres are also staging grounds for the deadliest skin cancers.
Detecting cancer could be as easy as popping a pill in the near future. Google’s head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, took to the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference to reveal that the tech giant’s secretive Google[x] lab has been working on a wearable device that couples with nanotechnology to detect disease within the body.
Dr. Rodney J. Taylor, associate professor and associate chairman of Research Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is working to uncover how cancer cells awaken the dormant JUVE gene and how scientists can apply the gene’s latent replenishing power to treat other afflictions.
Normal cells are guarded against turning malignant by telomeres. After a certain point, eroded telomeres signal cells to stop dividing. Cancer cells have chanced upon a mechanism to restore telomeres, allowing them to divide endlessly, a hallmark of cancer.