Friday, October 28, 2005

Good News

   The Detroit News this morning reports an encouraging development from the University of Michigan:

Medical researchers at the University of Michigan have identified a likely cause of prostate cancer they say could lead to more effective treatments and possibly a cure.

Scientists have discovered a recurring pattern of scrambled chromosomes that causes certain genes to merge -- an abnormal gene activity occurring only in prostate cancer, the leading cancer diagnosis for men in the United States. An estimated 232,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be reported this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Identifying the specific genes involved may now lead to a new, more accurate test -- of the blood or urine -- to detect prostate cancer, and possibly more effective methods of treatment, said Dr. Arul M. Chinnaiyan, the U-M pathology professor who directed the research. The closer medical researchers are to nailing down a cause, the closer they are to finding its cure, he said.

Well done, Wolverines. Keep up the good work.


Blogger Kevin said...

Here's another great thing about the University of Michigan's medical school: Its where Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN medical correspondent and famous Atlanta neurosurgeon got his medical degree. Sanjay was my partner on the Novi High School debate team many years ago.

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