Sunday, November 02, 2014

Scientists get lung cancer cells to self-destruct

In the future, the best weapon against cancer may well be cancer. At least this is the vision of the Cancer Research UK, and though it may be hard to believe, based on the findings of their latest study, the day when cancer “kills itself” may be closer than you think.

When a cell is no longer able to perform its necessary function, it essentially commits cellular suicide and triggers a chain of events which end in self-destruction. Cancer cells are exempt from this process and will continue to live, regardless of how much harm they inflict on a body. This allows them to grow out of control and eventually form deadly tumors. According to a recent press release, a team of researchers from Cancer Research UK has found a drug combination capable of triggering the cell self-destruction process in lunch cancer cells.

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