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Hydrogel mimics body tissue to turn cancer cells back into stem cells

Human brain cancer cells cultured on a newly created DN gel exhibited protein markers of stem cells (green)

While the risk of cancer recurrence depends on many factors such as cancer type and how progressed it is, the fear of the disease returning is a serious and long-lasting concern for survivors. Scientists in Japan have come up with a new tool to study the way cancerous cells can hide away in body tissues and spring back into action once the danger appears to have passed, by developing a novel hydrogel that reverts different cancer cell types back to these insidious cancer stem cells.

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