A team of researchers led by NYU scientists have found that human cells begin to solidify with age as too many proteins are packed into a too small space. This results in difficulty moving proteins to where they need to be. The researchers believe that this may be the cause of the clumps of protein associated with diseases like cancer or diabetes. Their findings suggest that the gene that causes the overcrowding of cells is as likely to initiate cancer as it is to slow cancer’s growth.
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