Researchers identify genes related to sex-related differences in aggressiveness of cancer

Differences between tumours in male and female vinegar flies. Cayetano González, IRB Barcelona.

Differences between tumours in male and female vinegar flies. Cayetano González, IRB Barcelona.


The newspapers Público and El Punt Avui,and the TV channel La Sexta, among other media, have reported on a recent study headed by Cayetano González, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona. Using the vinegar fly, Drosophila melanogaster, this study has identified possible regulators of the differences in tumours associated with the sex of an individual. Published in Science Advances, the study compares the brain tumours of male and female flies at the molecular level and identifies the protein responsible for the different degrees of aggressiveness. Understanding the molecular bases of the differences in the incidence of cancer and survival between men and women is crucial if specific and more effective treatments are to be found.

 

Link to Público

Link to El Punt Avui

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