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Rice, Duke team model mechanism that could lead to new approaches against cancer. Scientists at Rice and Duke universities have identified a set of genes they say make sarcoma cells less aggressive. They hope to turn the discovery into new therapeutic approaches to fight metastatic cancers. The work by members of Rice's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics led by co-director and biophysicist Herbert Levine and scientists at Duke combined simulations and experiments to uncover genes that regulate how cells transition from epithelial (nonmobile) to mesenchymal (migrating) -- or vice versa. Read more...