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  • Posted: 04/03/2014

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NCI Cancer Center News

Washington U researchers identify a possible culprit in spread of colon cancer

Growing in three dimensional culture, colon cancer cells formed either smooth hollow structures (top) or spiky clumps (bottom). PLAC8 was highly expressed in the spiky clumps, which were shown to form rapidly spreading tumors in mice.

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