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Cancer cells hibernate to survive chemotherapy, finds study

Cancer cells go into a state similar to hibernation when attacked by chemotherapy.The low-energy state is similar to diapause—the embryonic survival strategy of over a 100 species of mammals. Researchers hope to use these findings to develop new cancer-fighting therapies. When attacked by chemotherapy, all cancer cells have the ability to start hibernating in order to wait out the threat, finds new research. The cancer cells hijack an evolutionary survival mechanism to transition into a state o...
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