Friday, April 19, 2013

Brain Tumor Research & the Potential Help of a Mutated Histone

By Rob Sutter

Brain tumor research is, in my mind, one of the most notable causes people can invest time into. It's clear that the numbers of cures which exist now are not that sizable, especially with radiation and chemotherapy being part of a rather short list. One can only hope that we can find better cures as time moves on. Until that time arises, though, I think that it's great to see the number of studies that are being conducted with small findings being uncovered on a periodic basis.

I recently read an article on the Bioscience Technology website and it went into detail about new findings concerning a brain stem cancer seen in children. This link was made with a mutated histone and if you want to know why this finding is so vital, there is one great idea to consider. This is the first time that a mutated histone was correlated to any kind of cognitive work, whether it's brain tumor research or not. To say that this story can catch the attention of companies such as Voices Against Brain Cancer would be an understatement.

The name of the brain stem cancer in children is DIPG. It's an acronym that stands for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and it is located in the middle. Seen in children ranging from 5 to 10, it's nearly impossible to treat because unlike other tumors, this one is located near the area where the critical area of the brain is seen. Just like any other type of cancer in this regard, it's difficult to note where it comes from. It's possible that there's no source for it at all.

Now that we know that there are studies like this being done, one has to consider how exactly these can be assisted by you. After all, research is not a free function and there has to be some level of funding seen so that, in time, research can be done over the course of time. People can offer donations and I recommend that you go about doing so. Even so much as a dollar can have much more of an impact that anyone may probably recognize.

I am all in favor of brain tumor research continuing on if it means that we will be able to uncover these sorts of findings. Just by this story alone, it seems like therapies are going to change, if not become entirely created from the ground up. It's also possible that various enzymes will come into play, allowing all sorts of pharmaceuticals to be created so that they can assist the body in the same fashion. These results, and perhaps others, are ones that I am looking forward to.

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