Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Scientists Identify a New Layer of Complexity Within Human Colon Cancer

Published: Dec 14, 2012

Cancer scientists led by Dr. John Dick at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have found a way to follow single tumour cells and observe their growth over time. By using special immune-deficient mice to propagate human colorectal cancer, they found that genetic mutations, regarded by many as the chief suspect driving cancer growth, are only one piece of the puzzle. The team discovered that biological factors and cell behaviour -- not only genes -- drive tumour growth, contributing to therapy failure and relapse.

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