Taken from The Guardian, 28th August. It’s molecular biology but still interesting: Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found the way to restore apoptotic capabilities to tumour cells. It is known that tumour cells tend to have a defective apoptotic mechanism so they do not die when they should (eg. when the DNA repair mechanism is rendered useless).
One way to give back apoptotic capabilities to tumour cells is to provide the cell with a synthetic molecule that reactivates the production of enzymes involved in apoptosis. This is what Paul Hergenrother and fellow researchers seem to have acomplished.