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  • Posted: 04/18/2012
NCI Cancer Center News

UNC scientists describe protein that protects against colon cancer

A family of proteins is yielding new information about how it contributes to the development of gastrointestinal disease and cancer. A team of UNC scientists reports that in pre-clinical models, the absence of a protein called NLRP12 significantly increases susceptibility to colitis-associated colon cancer.

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