The New York Times' Carl Zimmer reports on research out of the University of Texas at Austin led by Edward Marcotte, who have discovered five genes in yeast that could lead to a better cancer treatment. The genes are essential for the growth of blood vessels, and Marcotte hopes that shutting them down can lead to tumor death, Zimmer says. In yeast, Marcotte says, the genes workin a cluster to fix cell walls.

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