Dr. Hansen He discovers the importance of 'junk DNA'


A team of scientists at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre recently discovered important uses for our bodies’ non-coding DNA, once labeled as “junk DNA.”

Dr. Hansen He and team traced the full path of one tiny genetic change in a seemingly unimportant region of DNA to see the effect on prostate cancer outcomes. 

The change affected a set of other genes related to prostate cancer cell growth and spread of a more aggressive form of prostate cancer.

This work may allow clinicians to provide patients with more appropriate treatments and additional vigilance against relapse of their prostate cancer.