How to wake a sleeping cancer cell — and why you might want to

Cancer cells that lie ‘snoozing’ in the skeleton can be awakened by changes in the bone that surrounds them, Australian scientists have shown. In a world first, researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have used state-of-the-art microscopy techniques to watch cancer cells sleep within living bone over a period of months. They show that cancer cells can be ‘woken up’ when bone tissue is broken down around them, suggesting new possibilities for treating metastatic cancer in bone. —> Read More