Innovation in Medicine

New way to target ‘undruggable’ molecules involved in cancer

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For decades, cancer researchers have longed for a way to target a set of proteins called transcription factors. While we’ve long known that tumors use these proteins to grow out of control, their unique configurations meant that for more than 30 years they had earned a reputation as “undruggable.”


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