Year - 2017 Blog

Cancer Breakthrough Benefits Redheads

Cancer Breakthrough Benefits Redheads

Redheads make up less than 2% of the world's population, however their pale skin - a result of the variants in the Melanocortin 1 Receptor (MC1R) protein they carry, which is involved in pigmentation - make them more susceptible to developing melanoma. However, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine believe they've found a solution.

Zika Virus Can Kill Brain Cancer

Zika virus can kill brain cancer cells

Researchers from Washington University of St. Louis recently published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Medicine outlining how the Zika virus can be used to treat brain tumors. 

Because of the severe brain damage the virus has been found to cause in fetuses, the researchers "theorized that it might be able to infect stem cells in brain tumors," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.