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  • Writer's pictureJulie Manley

Cancer breakthrough

-scientists have identified a flaw of cancerous tumours, which can force the cancer-spreading cells to self-destruct

-experiments showed that blocking a specific protein that fuels cancerous tumours, can kill them off

-there are already drugs that block the chemical called ATF-4, offering hope of the fast-tracking of a revolutionary therapy

-inhibitors that that cease production of ATF-4 have been used in diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

-when researchers knocked out ATF-4 in mice, it stopped lymphomas and bowel tumours growing

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