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Cancer: how one type of RNA could be the future of treatment

By Francesco Crea, Senior Lecturer in Cancer Genetics, The Open University
Azuma Kalu, PhD Research Student, The Open University
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Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things. So, in order to treat or cure almost any disease or condition – including cancer – you first need to have a fundamental understanding of cell biology.

While researchers have a pretty good understanding of what each component of a cell does, there are still things we don’t know about them – including the role that some RNAs molecules play in a cell. Finding the answer to this may be key in developing further cancer treatments, which is what our research has sought to uncover.

Three types of molecules carry information…

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