Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Good" cells can go "bad" in a "bad neighborhood"

Blood stem cell study provides new insight into cancer development

The general theory of cancer development holds that malignancies occur because of the presence of certain genetic elements within the affected cells.


But a new study by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital indicates that "good" cells can become cancerous because of exposure to a "bad" environment within the body -- similarly to the way a "good boy" may turn to crime when exposed to the pressures of life in a crime-ridden neighborhood.


Link to full Harvard Stem Cell Institute article.

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