Through new drug testing, scientists hope to use a certain protein to block the growth of multiple cancers, regardless of origin. The research centers around a protein called P53 that essentially tells a normal, healthy cell to die if its DNA is too badly damaged. Cancer cells block this protein, allowing for the replication of the damaged cells. Scientists are now aiming to find a drug that could release molecules into a pocket between the P53 protein and the blocking protein, MDM2, to prevent P53 from being disabled.
If this research proves successful, it could be welcome news for people with more rare types of cancer whose treatments have been neglected due to lack of knowledge of the cancer. Click here to read the full New York Times article.