February 22, 2019
Rockefeller University researchers have discovered a weakness in cells associated with a rare type of lymphoma; they are unable to synthesize their own cholesterol, a molecule all cells need in order to divide and survive. Typically, cancer cells either make their own cholesterol, or absorb it from their environment. In this experiment, the researchers cut off the supply of cholesterol to these cancer cells, and they were unable to survive in these conditions. This experiment may point to a new way to kill drug-resistant forms of this type of cancer.
Source: Rockefeller University
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