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Sugars may act as mirrors into cancer cells

from Futurity

Carbohydrate molecules may serve as signals for cancer, pointing to new ways in which sugars can be used to look at the inner workings of cells. "Carbohydrates can tell us a lot about what's going on inside of a cell, so they are potentially good markers for disease," says Lara Mahal, an associate professor in New York University's Department of Chemistry and the study's corresponding author. "Our study reveals how cancer cells produce certain 'carbohydrate signatures' that we can now identify." more

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