February 5, 2019
The ‘cell of origin’ thought to trigger all types of cancer and allow the disease to spread has been found, scientists claim.
Laboratory tests showed the cell to blame cheats death and breaks out of a zombie-like state to run amok and create a tumour.
Salford University researchers have described their discovery as being like managing to find the proverbial ‘needle in a haystack’.
But the findings, hoped to rewrite medical textbooks on the growth of cancer, could be a blow to existing treatments, such as chemotherapy.
Professor Michael Lisanti, study author, said: ‘We may have to press the reset button on how we treat cancer with drugs.’
He added: ‘Scientists talk about cancer being caused by dying cells coming back to life, so-called ‘zombie-cells’.
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:30 am