Our Gene Targets
Our Genes From a Bird's Eye View
As we have learned, our genes make us who we are. They send out important information and can be expressed differently based on our life choices. When we look at genes and how they work together, it looks surprisingly like a subway map. Each stop is a gene and the lines are the chain reactions it takes to reach their goal. For example, think of this red line as the set of genes responsible for your body’s metabolism.
When we look at cancer, there are over 150 key genes involved in the formation and progression of the disease. Our first step is identifying these gene targets. We then take is a step further and identify the genes before and after that target on the same “line”. For example, let’s look at the green line. The circled gene is a cancerous gene gone rogue, or an oncogene. That is one gene target. We then select genes before and after that target to optimize our attack that particular function of cancer. To learn more about the functions of cancer, read more here.
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