Dr Irfan Unal

Scientists have found that sugar ‘awakens’ cancer cells and makes tumours more aggressive. 

The findings of a nine-year research project conducted by VIB, KU Leuven and VUB are being hailed as a crucial breakthrough in cancer research as scientists finally clarify how the Warburg effect - a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars - stimulates tumour growth. 

Published in the academic journal Nature Communications, the project was started in 2008 with a focus on how tumours convert significantly higher amounts of sugar into lactate compared to healthy tissues.

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