Researchers Trace Origins of Colon Cancer Tumor Cells

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In a groundbreaking new study, researchers from the University of Southern California have traced the origins of colon cancer tumor cells, and in doing so discovered several important indicators of whether a tumor is benign or malignant, and how early detection can stop cancer before it starts.

The scientists essentially reconstructed the first few cancerous cells with samples of colorectal tumors. They then analyzed the cells, trying to decipher how they developed in order to stop the cellular division and prevent the cancer that would otherwise ensue.

The researchers then examined the different ways in which these cells become mobile and multiply to invade the body. They found that while some cancer cells intermixed and showed abnormalities in their initial mobility, some tumor cells did not intermix with other cells. The cells that did not mix ultimately formed benign, or non-cancerous tumors.

This revolutionary study looking at the genesis of colon cancer is appropriately titled, "The Big Bang model of human colorectal tumor growth," and can be found here.

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