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New compounds ‘put cancer cells into a permanent sleep’

August 7, 2018

Experts from several research institutions across Australia have been collaborating to find a drug that would stop cancer cells from dividing without damaging healthy cells’ DNA.

This is a common side effect of traditional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Tim Thomas and Anne Voss, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Parkville, Australia, alongside many other specialists from other institutions — including the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences — have been looking into the possibility of inhibiting two proteins associated with different types of cancer: KAT6A and KAT6B.

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