Frontiers in Science & Technology: Targeting Genes That Shield Cancer Cells

Certain genes in the human body inadvertently protect cancer cells against necessary chemotherapy treatments. Through the identification of small-molecule lead compounds, scientists at Sanford-Burnham have been able to stop these “anti-death” genes from shielding cancer cells, making anti-cancer therapeutics more effective. Sanford-Burnham’s cancer research efforts also have enabled researchers to selectively target drugs to specific blood vessels, using vascular “zip codes.” More information and online registration is here.