Living off the fat of the land

Cancer cells are defined by their ability for uncontrolled growth, one cell quickly becoming two becoming many. “It’s a fascinating process,” said Gary Patti, associate professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. “Imagine creating two copies of yourself every few days, instead of just maintaining the one you have. In the past 15 or 20 years, people have become really interested in how a cell does that.”