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A MicroRNA That Drives Both Cancer Onset and Spread Identified

A MicroRNA That Drives Both Cancer Onset and Spread Identified | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Two new studies reveal that one of the tiny noncoding molecules called microRNA-22, plays an key role in two types of cancer.
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This discovery may lead to the development of future therapeutic opportunities.

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Biological “Switch” That Determines Cancer Cell Fate Discovered

Biological “Switch” That Determines Cancer Cell Fate Discovered | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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A team of researchers made up of engineers, biologists and doctors discovered a “switch’ inside colon cancer stem cells that determines the fate of the cell in terms of whether it should proliferate, leading to metastasis, or spread of cancer cells, or not to proliferate.

The “switch” is controlled by microRNA, a molecule thought to be dispensable in normal tissue. Its role in cancer has been largely overlooked until now.

This could be a major step forward in understanding cancer and devising new therapeutic approaches.

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