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Can tiny worms help us beat cancer?

Can tiny worms help us beat cancer?

With a Worldwide Cancer Research award of £199,459, Professor Sander van den Heuvel in the Netherlands is studying tiny worms just 1 mm long to find out more about how cancer develops.

Normally found in the soil, these worms are ideally suited for studying how cells divide and grow- two key processes in cancer. They’ve already helped scientists make several exciting discoveries in cancer and beyond, from insights into how we become addicted to nicotine, to helping us understand why and how humans age.

Now Prof van den Heuvel hopes these little critters will help him find out just how cancer can develop when key genes become damaged.

See more about Professor van den Heuvel’s project here.