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Autophagy: Is It Cancer's Friend or Foe?

Science  26 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5777, pp. 1160-1161
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5777.1160

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Cells rely on autophagy to recycle their components, and much evidence favors the idea that this "self-eating" suppresses tumor development. But other data suggest that autophagy fosters tumor development and actually protects cancer cells from treatments. (Read more.)