Tumour cell dissolving, artwork

Tumour cell dissolving, artwork

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Credit: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Computer artwork depicting a tumour cell dissolving by laser or drug treatment. These tumour cells promote the formation of new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis. The tumour cells release angiogenic growth factor proteins that bind to endothelial cells in nearby blood vessels and encourage the growth of new blood vessels from the existing ones. These blood vessels provide the tumour with oxygen and nutrients.

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