Many people that have been affected by asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, are hoping that a new breakthrough made by UK scientists at Nottingham University in the UK could help to protect people from this deadly disease in the future.

Scientists recently carried out tests that involved comparing lung tissue from cancer patients with that of healthy people, and they found that in the samples from cancer victims a particular gene was missing, known as the LIMD1 gene.

One woman who lost her husband to mesothelioma stated: “This breakthough could have very significant implications for research into mesothelioma. Researchers discovered that people without this particular gene were more likely to die from lung cancer, but seemed to be protected if they had it. I would hope this could mean a gene in the lungs could also help protect people against mesothelioma.”

One official from the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, added: “I think this could potentially be great news for those with mesothelioma, plus their loved ones.”

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