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Cure Cancer with TRAIL

Cancerous Cell Cancer cells are notorious for their ability to detach themselves from tumours, flow through the blood stream and find themselves new sites in the body to adhere to and grow in size and number. Called metastasis, this process allows cancerous cells to not only survive in the body but also regroup at some other site, where you are least suspecting them to be and show up their ugly side as tumours. Site specific radiation therapy or even chemotherapy, for that matter, lacks the specificity to attack cancerous tumour alone, let alone freely floating cells and therefore, in spite of all advances in medicine and all the treatments that are offered to patients, there has never been a 'cure' for cancer. This, however, might soon change.  In the mid 1990s, researchers Steven Wiley and his team at the Immunex Research and Development Corporation, Washington identified a new protein called TRAIL ( T NF- r elated a poptosis- i nducing L igand). The TNF family o