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How gene expression is kept in check and the implications for cancer

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Cancers are alive¬†in a sense, they are similar to a parasite and they fight to stay alive when we just want them gone. Cancers have access to¬†complex ways of avoiding elimination and because we cannot easily do anything to treat it short of surgery or chemotherapy, we regularly lose to some of the more cunning types. Now researchers have learned how living beings can keep gene expression in check — this might partly explain the uncontrolled gene expression found in many forms of cancer.