Latest Thomas F. Westbrook Stories

2011-03-22 15:25:20

Researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine have found a new way to tackle a difficult-to-treat form of breast cancer "“ a discovery that is being translated into human studies with currently approved FDA drugs. The new strategy begins with their discovery that a gene called PTPN12 plays a pivotal role in triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that accounts for approximately 20 percent of new cases of the disease and is resistant to common drugs such as...

2011-02-14 14:51:38

A method for interfering with disease genes in experimental animals will enhance drug discovery for cancer and other disorders, said a Baylor College of Medicine researcher. A new system called lentiviral pINDUCER enables researchers to turn a gene on or off whenever they want, said Dr. Thomas F. Westbrook, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, molecular and human genetics and pediatrics at BCM. "This allows us to test any gene in the genome for its role in disease in...

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