The real culprit in cancer may not be its hallmark rapidly-dividing cells, but the stem cells that give rise to those cells. If indeed there are mutant stem cells at the root of cancers, this new notion may explain why so many cancers recur after radiation and chemotherapy have done away with original tumor: traditional cancer therapies could be leaving the faulty stem cells untouched. McGowan Institute affiliated faculty members Albert Donnenberg, PhD and Vera Donnenberg, PhD are on a quest to find, and eventually kill or manipulate, dormant cancer stem cells.
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