A research team at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia have found that mesothelioma cells are able to promote growth because they mimic blood vessels. Find out more about this story here.
Studies on human mesothelioma cells and animal models have found that mesothelioma cells turn into cells which act like blood vessels in order to increase the blood supply needed for growth. This important discovery could lead the way for new therapies which target mesothelioma cells in a different way, and improve life quality for mesothelioma patients.
Australia has the second highest rate of mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases per capita in the world after the U.K. and it’s been estimated that 25,000 people in Australia will die of asbestos-related illnesses over the next four decades. Australia banned the use of asbestos in 2003, but many homes and public buildings still contain the deadly material.
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