Sheffield team discovers possible cancer key

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SHEFFIELD academics have discovered a complex set of proteins could hold the key to future treatments for chronic health problems including cancer.

University of Sheffield experts hope motor neruone disease and myotonic dystrophy patients could benefit as a result of their discovery.

Experts from the University’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology have collaborated with scientists from Harvard Medical School in the USA on the project.

They have found certain proteins act as a ‘passport’ for the transfer of cell blueprints which create proteins essential for life.

Researchers believe their better understanding of the production of proteins in the cell will mean they could fix health problems which cause ultimately fatal conditions.

Professor Stuart Wilson, who led the project, said: “Protein production is an essential part of life for all organisms. This process involves reading the code in genes and converting this to a message which is ultimately decoded to make a protein.”

Some diseases are caused by a ‘malfunction’ in the process.