Cancer experts may have found a new way to curb cancer: halting cancer cells in their tracks. That tactic is called senescence. In senescence, cells don't divide, which means a cancer could not grow. Triggering senescence in certain cells appears to hamper the growth of some tumors, according to lab tests done on mice (www.webmd.com).
The tests were done by researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, including Sandy Chang, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of molecular genetics. Their study appears online in EMBO Reports, a publication of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).