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How do cells grow and divide correctly?

  • Researcher: Dr George Zachos
  • Institution: University of Crete
  • Award Amount: £128,500 for 4 years from January 2011
  • Cancer Type: General Cancer Research
How do cells grow and divide correctly?
Healthy cells grow and divide in a highly organised and tightly controlled manner in a process called the cell cycle. Cancer occurs when the cells become able to multiply in an uncontrolled manner, leading to the development of tumours. Dr Zachos is using his Worldwide Cancer Research grant to study a protein called Chk1 which he has previously shown to have anti-tumour properties and helps ensure cells divide correctly. He now wants to investigate this important role further and try to understand the mechanism behind it.
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