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Seattle Scientist Trying To Disrupt HPV, Which Hacks Your Cells To Cause Cancer

Seattle Scientist Trying To Disrupt HPV, Which Hacks Your Cells To Cause Cancer

Source: KPLU Radio

Most sexually-active people will pick up human papillomavirus at one time or another, and it’s very dangerous for a small subset of people. For these individuals, that bit of forced entry touches off a chain of events that leads to cancer — mainly cervical cancer. “If you're able to avoid those infections or detect and treat them before they start to lead to cancer, you have the opportunity to avoid the disease to begin with,” said Rachel Katzenellenbogen, a researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and a faculty member at UW Medicine. Katzenellenbogen recently received a $2 million grant to decipher the virus’s playbook, in hopes that scientists can figure out how to outflank it.

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