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Northwestern scientists develop new drug that prevents spread of human prostate cancer cells in mice

  • Posted: April 4, 2012

A new drug developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists prevented human prostate cancer cells transplanted into mice from spreading to other tissues without any toxic effects to normal cells or tissues. The drug turns off the "go" switch in the cancer cells and immobilizes them. The research was presented April 3 at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2012 in Chicago.

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