LLS-funded study uncovers location of potential gene “on-switch”

LLS has long believed in the importance of funding basic biology research. For example, if we can understand how to turn on or off the genes behind cancer growth, then we can develop the means to control it.

Researchers at UCLA’s Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, have discovered where a molecule involved in turning on genes lives in embryonic stem cells. Knowing where this molecule lives helps researchers understand how it works and what it is being used for. It’s a necessary step in determining how this molecule is created and localized to the “gene controlling” part of the cell. Which is what the UCLA team will be looking to uncover next.

The knowledge gained with this two-year study, funded in part by LLS, is just one example of how your support of our mission helps illuminate the path to creating a world without blood cancer.

For the full article about the genome-wide mapping of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), visit the July 21st article in Science Daily. To learn more about LLS-funded research, visit http://www.lls.org/#/aboutlls/researchsuccesses/.


About Megan Kilkenny

LLS Sr. Director, Marketing Communication Team In Training Alum Three-time Nike Women's Half Marathon finisher
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