Cancer gene vital for heart regeneration

The 'myc' gene, linked to most human cancers, unexpectedly turns out to help heart cells divide...
04 May 2020
Presented by Eva Higginbotham
Production by Eva Higginbotham.


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Sometimes scientists try to study one thing and end up accidentally discovering something else. Cancer researcher Cathy Wilson from the University of Cambridge recently experienced such good fortune. While trying to understand the function of cancer gene ‘myc’ in mice, a gene that goes haywire in almost all human cancers, she accidentally ended up achieving the holy grail of heart disease research - making heart cells start dividing to make more cells. Eva Higginbotham spoke to her about the happy accident...


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