SIGN UP FOR UPDATES!
Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
ENGLEMED
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BOOKS AND GIFTS THIS WAY!
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
SEARCH THIS SITE
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
FreeDigitalPhotos
www.freedigitalphotos.net
FreeWebPhotos
www.freewebphoto.com
FROM OUR NEWS FEEDS
Anastrozole recommended for some post-menopausal women to stop cancer
Fri Dec 13th - Anastrozole should be the preventive drug recommended for post-menopausal women at increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to the findings of a new international study today. More
Blood test identifies rare breast cancer mutations
Fri Dec 13th - Rare mutations in advanced breast cancer can be identified through a simple blood test, in what clinicians have described as a “huge step”, it was announced last night. More
Infertility risk for boys who are born small
Fri Dec 13th - Boys who are born small for their gestational age have an increased risk of fertility problems in adulthood, a Danish study published today (13 December 2019) has claimed. More
RECENT COMMENTS
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote:
https://epidemicj17.imascientist.org.uk/2017/06/21... on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
On 12/03/2017 Steph wrote:
The photo you have paired with this article is its... on 'Fat shaming' limits...
BOOKS ON CHILDREN'S HEALTH
For books, child safety and gift ideas click here
NEWS FEEDS
ENGLEMED HEALTH NEWS

Gene found for child cancer

Tuesday November 10th, 2015

A single genetic mutation may be responsible for about 10% of familial cases of the childhood cancer, Wilms tumour, British researchers have reported.

The gene, named REST, was identified by researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK.

They set out to find it after four families had more than one child developing the disease.

So far the mutation has been found in 16 children.

The REST gene is known to have a critical role in embryo development.

Researcher Professor Nazneen Rahman said: "We hope our findings will stimulate research into why and how these REST mutations, which all cluster in a particular part of the gene, cause cancer.

"Our findings are also of immediate value to families, who now have an explanation for why their child got cancer.

"Moreover, we can now do a simple blood test to see which children in the family are at risk of cancer and may benefit from cancer screening, and which have not inherited the mutation and so are not at increased risk of cancer."

Mutations in the transcriptional repressor REST predispose to Wilms tumor. Nature Genetics 9 November 2015 [abstract]

Tags: Cancer | Child Health | Genetics | UK News

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

Name:
Email:
Comment:
<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)
CATEGORIES