March 2, 2015

Researchers discover milk protein enables survival of the species

(March 2, 2015)  Australian researchers have discovered the protein MCL-1 is critical for keeping milk-producing cells alive and sustaining milk production in the breast. Without milk production, offspring cannot survive, making MCL-1 essential for survival of mammalian species.

Dr Nai Yang Fu, Professor Geoff Lindeman and Professor Jane Visvader from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute led the research, published today in the journal Nature Cell Biology.