The battle against colon cancer has moved to the genetic level, and researchers at the Stephenson Cancer Center say a protein with an impressive Japanese name is a likely key in efforts to conquer colon cancer. The protein is called Shugoshin-1 (SGO 1), and it is found naturally in human organisms and other organisms. "Shugoshin" means "Guardian God" in Japanese, and the protein is so-called because it protects another protein, Cohesin, which plays a role in normal cell division, said Stephenson Cancer Center researcher Hiroshi Yamada, PhD.

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