• Question: What is the scariest mutation you have researched/ heard about?

    Asked by fear499had on 7 May 2024.
    • Photo: Zoe Vance

      Zoe Vance answered on 7 May 2024:

      I don’t really do the kind of work that focuses on specific mutations, but I do find p53 mutations quite scary as a concept! p53 is a protein that’s extremely important in keeping your cells in check so that they don’t multiply out of control and create a tumour; it’s mutated so that it loses some function in I think almost half of all tumours? Scary to think that a single protein is so important!