DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Inside a locked cabinet at Wright State University are cancer cells slated for testing.
The fight against breast cancer is starting to heat up.
"People suffering with the disease get to know that we are really working on some substantial progress and that is very important," said Dr. Julian Gomez-Cambronero, professor of biology and molecular biology at Wright State University.
In his lab at Wright State University, Dr. Cambronero and his team feel like progress is moving their way.
More than two years of research has produced an important discovery in the battle against a deadly disease.
They have discovered a protein that will help reduce breast cancer growth by up to seventy percent by targeting a specific gene known as PLD.
"We also deleted that gene and in doing so we decrease how these cells become aggressive," said Dr. Cambronero. "They are now more dormant."
Which means the cancer will not spread to other parts of the body like the lungs.
Since joining Wright State University eighteen years ago, Dr. Cambronero feels this is the most meaningful research he has completed.
But it is still too early to tell how the discovery will react in humans.
"The next step will be to see if this will be translated human tissues and human studies," said Dr. Cambronero. "But still, the gathered data show us in the right direction and we are very excited about it."
An exciting discovery Dr. Cambronero hopes will one day save countless lives fighting a fatal disease.
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