Gut cells might aid in cancer fight

A recent discovery in the behavioral pattern of cells in the intestine helps establish the fact that bowel cancer can be treated.

It was a study done by cancer Research UK scientists who discovered that the intestine cell substitute themselves in a unique manner with regard to all the cells which contrasted the fact that only a handful of stem cells were able to generate different types of stem cells.

Latest research by the lead researcher Dr Doug Winton compared this fact to the game chess. He considered: “Different pieces having different powers from the Queen down to pawns. In contrast, the process identified by the team was more like a game of draughts with equal pieces moving forward and either being successful or not.”

The team marked various cells and did a thorough analysis of how the cells changed and what happened when they defined themselves into clones.

The researchers claimed that when the stem cells fades away, the neighboring cells multiples to fill the gaps, which indicates the fact that each cells has an equal chance of generating other cells in the gut.

The findings have been brought out via making use of statistical physics and population dynamics, offering a peek into the elasticity of the intestinal wall and at the same time study about the cellular behavior and cancer.

Dr Winton, from Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Research Institute, explained that the study is a great example of collaborative research which has been compiled via various biologists and physicists to answer the fact how cells part and these study will help determine more about stem cells and their links to cancer.