New molecule blocks cancer cells in mice

A small molecule, which works by “tricking” proteins into binding with it, has been effective in stopping the growth of cancer cells in mice.

The molecule binds to and stops a protein that controls the transcription of genetic information – called a “transcription factor” – which would usually contribute to cancer growth.

Research conducted by the University of Southern California and New York University showed no side effects.

While it has only been tested on mice thus far, the researchers are hoping to move their results into clinical testing.

Read more at University of Southern California, New York University