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Tumor Cells on Brink of Death May Trigger Metastasis
A new study reports that human colon cancer cells at imminent risk of death can instead develop characteristics needed to colonize new parts of the body.
ABOVE: ARIEL RUIZ I ALTABA
Tumor Cells on Brink of Death May Trigger Metastasis
Tumor Cells on Brink of Death May Trigger Metastasis

A new study reports that human colon cancer cells at imminent risk of death can instead develop characteristics needed to colonize new parts of the body.

A new study reports that human colon cancer cells at imminent risk of death can instead develop characteristics needed to colonize new parts of the body.

ABOVE: ARIEL RUIZ I ALTABA

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