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PARIS — Scientists have identified a gene that slows the spread of pancreatic cancer tumours, paving the way for targeted treatment of one of the deadliest forms of the disease, said a paper published Sunday.
After discovering the gene dubbed USP9X at work in a study of pancreatic cancer in mice, the international research team found it also played a role in humans.
“We looked in human tumour specimens and we found that it was missing in a fraction of patients — the patients that did very poorly … the people who died the fastest,” researcher David Tuveson told AFP.