A research team from the University of Hawaii may have found the cell process that causes mesothelioma, a question that has been puzzling scientists since the 1970s. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that exists in the soft tissue of the lung and is primarily caused by inhaling asbestos fibers.
Two doctors at the University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center have led a team of researchers around the world to study how asbesots fibers travel into the cells and form tumors. The team has been working to find an answer to the question of how a cell affected by asbestos forms mesothelioma. Because asbestos kills healthy cells and dead cells cannot form tumors, this has been a question for over 40 years.
The researchers found that when a cell is touched with asbestos, it under goes a cellular process that releases a protein call "HMBG1"which causes the cell to mutate its structure from a healthy cell to a cancerous one. The researchers found that people who have been exposed to asbestos have higher levels of HMBG1 therefore early detection of mesothelioma may be possible.
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