A Molecule Long Thought Harmless Plays a Role in Pancreatic Cancer, Could Hint at Cure

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The location of the pancreas in the human body. (Credit: Magic mine/Shutterstock)

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer — a virtually incurable condition. But now, a serendipitous discovery is providing new hope: A sugar molecule associated with the disease, but long thought harmless, known as CA19-9, actually plays an active role in the genesis of pancreatic cancer, researchers say, and could become a new target for therapy. The discovery uncovers new possible ways to id

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