Checking Cancer's Growth

Scientists identify factors that tell cells to stop multiplying

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TUESDAY, Jan. 4, 2005 (HealthDayNews) -- Specific molecular events that cause a cell to switch from active growth to a permanent halt of growth -- a state called senescence -- have been identified by scientists at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

This research may help scientists better understand and fight cancer. Senescence is a normal stage of a cell's life cycle. Continued uncontrolled cell growth is a hallmark of cancer.

The findings appear in the January 2005 issue of Developmental Cell.

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SOURCE: Cell Press, news release, Jan. 3, 2004

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