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UCSD researchers find a method that could put a brake on a tumor's spread

  • Posted: January 24, 2014

A UCSD research team has found that a protein involved in promoting tumor growth and survival is also activated in surrounding blood vessels, enabling cancer cells to spread into the bloodstream. The findings are published in this week's online issue of the Journal of Cell Biology.

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