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Scientists "Squeeze" the Cancer out of Malignant Breast Cells

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Although researchers have traditionally focused on genetic mutations within the cell from studying cancer development, recent studies have shown that malignant cells do not always develop into tumors, and that the fates of these cells depend on how they interact with their surrounding microenvironment.
While previous studies found that the manipulation of a cell's environment through the introduction of biochemical inhibitors could control malignant mammary cells into behaving normally, the latest research takes a step forward by introducing the concept of mechanical rather than chemical influences on cancer cell growth.
They found that "squeezing" stops malignant breast cancer cells from spreading and turns them back into healthy cells, according to new research revealing, for the first time, that simple mechanical forces alone can revert and stop out-of-control growth of cancer cells. More importantly, scientists found that this transformation can happen even if the genetic mutations responsible for the cancer remain, setting up a fight between nature and nurture in determining a cell's fate."

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Medical Daily is a VERY POOR QUALITY web site. (1)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | about a year and a half ago | (#42317727)

Medical Daily is a VERY POOR QUALITY web site, in my opinion. Recently, there have been many Slashdot stories that link to Medical Daily. Possibly someone connected with Slashdot is getting paid to post what are basically ads for another publication.

Example of the VERY POOR QUALITY. (1)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | about a year and a half ago | (#42317919)

This quote gives an example of the quality of Medical Daily:

"Malignant cells have not completely forgotten how to be healthy; they just need the right cues to guide them back into a healthy growth pattern," Venugopalan explained.

What can you do about something so stupid? Make jokes.

Medical Daily: Don't talk as though body cells are people. They don't like the social pressure.
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