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  • Posted: 08/12/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

Cell maturity pathway is deleted or weak in glioblastoma multiforme

A program that pushes immature cells to grow up and fulfill their destiny as useful, dedicated cells is short-circuited in the most common and deadly form of brain tumor, scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Stuck in what amounts to cellular adolescence, these precursor cells accumulate, contributing to the variability among glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cells that make it so difficult to treat.

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