Left: The 23 pairs of chromosomes of cells in which autophagy is functioning look normal. Right: the chromosomes of cells in which autophagy is not functioning show structural and numerical aberrations, characteristics of cancer. Image: Salk Institute
Cellular process discovered that prevents cancer - health short science news

Autophagy is a cellular process that has always been thought off as a survival mechanism. Now it turns out that it can promote cell death, and thereby prevents cancer.

. Autophagy (literally: to eat oneself) promotes the death of cells that have their telomers at the ends of their DNA shortened or absent, so that these cells would continue to divide.

Autophagy is a completely new mechanism to limit cell division, and thus to prevent cancer before it begins, and could lead to the development of new lines of therapy.

Read the full story: Salk Institute
Scientific publication: Nature