TSRI Scientists Show that Proteins Critical In Day-Night Cycles Also Protect Cells from Mutations

March 10, 2015 12:11 PM

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Newswise — LA JOLLA, CA – March 10, 2015 – A good night’s sleep does more than prevent yawning. New research from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) shows that two proteins critical for maintaining healthy day-night cycles also protect against mutations that could lead to cancer.

The new study, published March 10, 2015, in the journal eLife, shows that the two proteins have an unexpected role in DNA repair, possibly protecting cells from cancer-causing mutations triggered by UV radiation.

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