A recent discovery highlights the importance of viewing living things as purposeful and goal-oriented systems. Here, scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center discover that breast cancer cells are in sophisticated communication with a whole array of physiological processes within the body from wound repair to immune response to metabolic homeostasis and the blood clotting cascade – all from the very earliest stages. We can detect these communications in the plasma proteome as nascent cancer cells seek strategies and suitable recruits to assist metastasis.
It’s sort of like studying terrorists by listening to their communications chatter as they try to recruit and plan their attack, as opposed to studying them by watching them blow up a disco.
UD News staff are all veterans of mid-life cancer funerals. Go ahead, Telic: Blow the cancer to hell.
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