A recent study published in Nature reveals a surprising new role for stem cells in cancer cell migration. Previously deemed key in vertebrae development, stem cells have been identified as a guiding force for tumor cells towards the vertebrae, explaining why these cells tend to colonize the vertebra more than long bones. This discovery adds to understanding the mystery of cancer metastasis and contradicts the traditionally healing function of stem cells. The study further delves into cellular chemistry, highlighting the role of chemical signals produced by stem cells in attracting tumor cells. This finding not only unravels a mechanism driving cancer spread but also suggests potential therapeutic avenues that disrupt this cellular attraction, marking a significant step forward in cancer therapeutics.
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