Research highlights role of lipids in cancer growth

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered a method to disrupt the proliferation of cancer cells by disabling an enzyme essential to the creation of the lipids that appear in abundance in human cancers. The result was a reduction in the amount of ether lipids produced, which in turn slowed the growth of cancerous tumors in mice. "We are currently working to develop a small molecule inhibitor of this gene that may someday be used, in combination with current chemotherapeutic agents, as an effective cancer treatment," said Daniel Benjamin, the study's lead author.

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