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Ohio State-led study finds loss of a tiny liver molecule might lead to liver cancer

  • Posted: July 24, 2012

A new study shows that loss of a small RNA molecule in liver cells might cause liver cancer and that restoring the molecule might slow tumor growth and offer a new way to treat the disease. The animal study was led by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Other researchers involved in this study were from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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