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GOOD NEWS.. for breast cancer sufferers and families.
A new way to kill cancer cells ...Unlike normal cells, cancer cells can grow and age without dying — one of the reasons they’re so dangerous. But researchers atWashington State University have developed a way to help cancer cells age and die, which could lead to treatment that slows or stops tumor growth.
The research, by Weihang Chai of theWashington State University School of Molecular Biosciences and colleagues, was reported in the current issue of The EMBO Journal. It was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. I spoke with Chai this week.
How do cancer cells differ from normal cells in terms of their mortality?
The big difference between cancer cells and normal cells is that cancer cells can divide forever and live forever. We call this immortality. The normal cells will divide for a number of divisions and then stop growing. They get old and either they die or they sit there and do nothing. They are mortal.
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