What do crabs and cancer have in common, other than both being signs of the zodiac?
Professor Don Mykles says that the same genes that control growth in crustaceans are involved in abnormal cell growth in cancer.
“At the cellular level, the molecular mechanisms controlling growth are highly conserved in all organisms, from yeast to humans,” said Don Mykles, a professor in the Department of Biology. “Although it is not the primary objective, what we learn about growth regulation in crustaceans will certainly inform us about how hormones promote cancer in humans.”
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