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Cancer researchers win ERC grants for commercialisation

A team of researchers at the University of Helsinki has received a grant of €150,000 from the European Research Council to bring its research to market.

Minna Nyström and Päivi Peltomaki will use the money to test a system, which could prevent cancers of soft tissue, such as colon and skin cancer. The team won a €2.5-million grant from the ERC in 2008, and want to turn the results from this project into an applicable treatment.

Their research found that family history could predict whether a person will develop tissue cancers during their life with an accuracy of around 80 per cent. If treated early, the damage of such cancer can be reduced, and sometimes it can be completely prevented, the University of Helsinki said in a statement.

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