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New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

20
Mar
2014

By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The study, which was published today in Cell, was performed on mice, so the method will need a lot more testing before its ready for human trials. But should the approach hold up, it could one day form the basis of an entirely new form of cancer treatment. So identifying vulnerabilities in this cancers cells is an essential step in the development of new drug therapies.

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