Kidney disease gene may help cancer spread

Genes that cause kidney disease also regulate the growth of the lymphatic system, one of the key ways cancer spreads throughout the body.

Researchers made the link while studying a zebrafish with a mutation in the Pkd1 gene, which is also frequently mutated in patients with kidney disease.

Lead researcher Dr Ben Hogan said the findings could be used to develop future therapies targeting the ways the lymphatic system aids the spread of cancer.

Read more at The University of Queensland