Pachyderm protein: Circus celebrates cancer discovery

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CHICAGO -- Today the circus came to kids at Rush University Medical Center for a celebration of science.

A massive discovery was made in conjunction with Ringling Bros. elephants and a pediatric oncologist in Utah.  They discovered elephants are massive cancer killing machines.

The doctors studied blood draws taken from Ringling elephants at its center for elephant conservation in Florida. Researchers determined elephants carry 20 copies of the P-53 gene.

The protein is supposed to protect you from cancer. Humans only have two copies: One from mom, one from dad.  And if one of those is mutated, your chances of cancer goes up ten times.  And iif both are mutated it goes through the roof.

The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Assoc. last month.

Doctors say if they can replicate the elephant’s abilities to duplicate P-53, more cancers like leukemia, brain tumors and breast cancers could be stopped.

Ringling Bros. made a $20,000 donation to Rush University Medical Center today as well.

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