P53 the gene that cracked the cancer code by sue armstrong review there is a possibility of genetic errors for cancer to develop it requires the control mechanism in just one cell to be . P53 the gene that cracked the cancer code a review i wouldnt think that an entire popular science book could be written about one protein unless that protein is p53 as of this writing a pubmed search reveals 82179 scholarly articles about p53. The gene p53 produces a protein that appears to fight cancer and control cell reproduction more generally although there has been a tremendous amount of research into it we still dont fully understand how wild type p53 functions and how it goes wrong when it mutates as it does in a large portion of all tumors. The story of the search for p53 the most important gene in medicine all of us have lurking in our dna a most remarkable gene it is known simply as p53 and its job is to protect us from cancer p53 the gene that cracked the cancer code tells the story of the discovery of the gene and of medical . In p53 the gene that cracked the cancer code armstrong explains how scientists unravelled the mystery surrounding what armstrong calls a master switch in our cells whose main function is to prevent tumours arising when their dna is damaged
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