There are more than 900 different types of cancer currently identified, and many of them require very specific treatments, and can become resistant to chemotherapy as time goes on.
Now, researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have made a potentially huge breakthrough, working out how to cut off the supply of vital nutrients to cancer cells. The work opens the door to future treatments that could be less prone to resistance than many current methods, and could work across with a wide range of cancers.
The researchers worked to cut off the cancer cell’s access to the amino acid glutamine by identifying and blocking its supply route. The cells use the amino acid when generating building blocks and for energy.