24 Sep '12, 2pm

What does cancer research have to do with manufacturing a cheaper, more eco-friendly nylon? FIND OUT:

What does cancer research have to do with manufacturing a cheaper, more eco-friendly nylon? FIND OUT:

A genetic mutation found in brain tumors could result in a cheaper, greener way of manufacturing nylon, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute . Described in the September 23, 2012 issue of Nature Chemical Biology , the finding arose from the subversive notion that the precise genetic and chemical changes that make a normal cell cancerous could have beneficial uses in a different context. “In our lab, we study genetic changes that cause healthy tissues to go bad and grow into tumors. The goal of this research is to understand how the tumors develop in order to design better treatments,” says Zachary J. Reitman, an associate in research at Duke and lead author of the study. “As it turns out, a bit of information we learned in that process paves the way for a better method to produce nylon.”

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/cancer-research-paves-way-for-ch...

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