|Starving the beast|
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11/24/2015 10:41 AM EST
As any good Star Trek fan knows, Mr. Spock was a "green-blooded Vulcan" because his hemoglobin was copper-based, unlike our iron-based human cells. But even humans have a little bit of copper in their blood.
Now, a new paper based on research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) explores the role copper can play in feeding -- or starving -- cancer.
For the past 20-30 years, researchers have known tumor cells need nutrients to grow, and copper was a favorite. But ...