Sanford-Burnham: New drug squashes cancer’s last-ditch efforts to survive

Sanford-Burnham: New drug squashes cancer’s last-ditch efforts to survive

Sanford-Burnham: New drug squashes cancer’s last-ditch efforts to survive

As a tumor grows, its cancerous cells ramp up an energy-harvesting process to support its hasty development. This process, called autophagy, is normally used by a cell to recycle damaged organelles and proteins, but is also co-opted by cancer cells to meet their increased energy and metabolic demands.

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