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New technology reveals how cancer cells communicate

February 18, 2020

A mass spectrometry technique developed at University College London (UCL) is enabling cancer researchers to analyse the individual behaviour of millions of different cells inside lab-grown bowel tumours.

The research, which has been published in Nature Methods, provides new insight into how mutated cancer cells mimic the growth signals expressed by healthy cells. This could help scientists understand how tumours are able to evade the immune system and become resistant to treatments.