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  • Posted: 07/24/2012
NCI Cancer Center News

IU researchers identify protein target that could lead to therapies for hard-to-treat cancers

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have identified a compound that targets a cancer-related protein, suggesting it could offer a future therapy for difficult-to-treat cancers. The protein, called SHP2, emerged as a potential new “druggable target” in research published online in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. Indiana University is home to the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

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