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Canadian scientists have made a breakthrough which may help inform future treatments for malignant brain tumours. They have discovered the cancer stem cells which cause the malignant cells to rapidly multiply. These cells that are capable of replicating rapidly have different properties to other cells that comprise a tumour. These multiplying cells can be identified by specific marker on their surface. The scientists believe that if these core cells could be targeted than they have a better chance at fighting the cancer than if they simply try to destroy all the tumour cells randomly.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Health Day
About: Cells that drive brain cancer growth have been identified
Date: 17 November 2004
Source: Health Day
Author: Amanda Gardner
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