Researchers at the IRB in Barcelona have found a signature of 4-6 genes able to predict the aggressivity of colon tumours, by analysing the tissue surrounding the tumour cells.
The scientists are currently developing a test that enables the identification of patients at risk of relapse after surgical removal of the tumour by measuring these found genes. They also propose to test in patients a particular drug that blocks the metastatic capacity of colorectal cancers in mice. This drug has been already tested using organoids derived from patients’ samples.
- Discovery of the genetic fingerprint of aggressive colon tumours – IRB Scientific news.
- Calon A et al. “Stromal gene expression defines poor-prognosis subtypes in colorectal cancer” (2015) Nat Genet Apr;47(4):320-9. DOI: 10.1038/ng.3225.
On a more funny note, have a look at the video done this last summer by researchers at the IRB Barcelona!
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