University of Manchester - Cell mates

September 3, 2009

Researchers have discovered a method of allowing healthy cells to take control of cancerous cells, preventing them from developing into tumours. Scientists at the University of Manchester found that chemicals known as "kinase inhibitors" open communication channels on the surface of healthy cells, which can then be combined with cancerous cells to prevent them multiplying. The work, carried out with researchers at the University of Salford, found that the positive effect on the cancer cells persisted even after the chemicals were removed. The findings were published in the British Journal of Cancer.

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