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New research into spread of cancer cells


Ninety per cent of deaths among cancer patients are the result of cancer cells spreading to other parts of the body. Now, however, a research team from the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) at the University of Copenhagen has demonstrated in a breast cancer model that inhibiting the spread of a certain enzyme also inhibits the spread of cancer cells.

“An enzyme called LOX is able to alter the microscopic structure of organs and, in simple terms, this allows cancer cells that move around in the body to grow better and metastasise to another tissue,” explained research coordinator Katrine Sonne-Hansen. “We’ve known...