MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There has been a breakthrough in cancer research at the University of Minnesota.READ MORE: In Last 2 Years, Minneapolis Added $51M To Fund Covering Police Conduct Settlements
Researchers pinpointed a single enzyme that may cause more cases of cancer than UV rays from the sun or chemicals from smoking. It’s a human anti-viral protein, known as APPO-beck 3B.
The researchers found that it leads to several types of cancer, including breast, bladder and two types of lung cancer.READ MORE: 'The Flag Guy': Carver Man Finds Strength After Strokes By Building Wooden American Flags
“So kind of like sunlight, this is a major source of mutation that should be controllable,” Prof. Reuben Harris said. “So, that’s a big deal, we think, for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications.”
The enzyme is produced by the immune system to protect us from viruses, like HIV.MORE NEWS: Mendota Heights Police Seeking Vulnerable 15-Year-Old
The study was published in Sunday’s issue of Nature Genetics.