Traitorous Tumor Cells Kill Their Own Kind

Traitorous Tumor Cells Kill Their Own Kind
Ewa Krawczyk/National Cancer Institute via AP

Using cancer to fight cancer might seem counterintuitive, but there's method to the apparent madness and, according to proof-of-principle animal experiments reported in Science Translational Medicine today (July 11), it works. Tumor cells engineered to secrete anticancer agents yet resist self-destruction can be used to kill tumors in mice and then, in a fate befitting this act of betrayal, off themselves.

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