Mutated form of DNA repair protein may shed light on its role in preventing cancer

Researchers created a mutated version of RAD51, a DNA repair protein, to better understand its critical functions at key steps in the cell replication process during times of stress. This work may help cancer biology scientists better understand how cells protect DNA from damage during replication. Defects in this pathway may play a role in causing cancer and a better understanding of the process may lead to better treatment strategies someday.