Cancer cells are quick-change artists adapting to their environment

Until now, researchers have assumed that the growth of solid tumors originates from cancer stem cells characterized by specific surface markers, which develop in a fixed, hierarchical order. In a joint interdisciplinary project led by the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), researchers now show that cancer cells of glioblastomas — conspicuously aggressive solid brain tumors — manifest developmental plasticity and their phenotypic characteristics are less constrained than believed.
Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org