The work done by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine faculty members (and even some students) is regularly highlighted in newspapers, online media outlets and more. Below you’ll find links to articles and videos of Feinberg in the news.
“This molecule is a super assassin against all tumor cells,” said Marcus Peter, the senior author of a study about the findings, in a press release. “We’ve never seen anything this powerful.” Huntington’s disease causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain, causing death within 10-30 years, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is caused by an overabundance of a specific type of repeating RNA sequences in one gene, huntingtin, present in every cell. Researchers found the defect that causes the disease is also extremely toxic to tumor cells. The repeating small interfering RNA sequences attack genes in the cell that are crucial for survival.[…]Andrea Murmann, a research assistant professor in medicine at Feinberg and first author of the study, discovered the Huntington’s cancer weapon and used the molecule to treat human and mouse ovarian, breast, prostate, liver, brain, lung, skin and colon cancer cell lines. The molecule killed cancer cells in both species.