London: A simple little squeeze may prevent malignant breast cells from spreading and triggering cancer, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin scientist. Laboratory experiments found that applying physical pressure to the cells guided them back to a normal growth pattern. "People have known for centuries that physical force can influence our bodies," said Gautham Venugopalan, a leading member of the research team at the University of California in Berkeley, US. "When we lift weights our muscles get bigger. The force of gravity is essential to keeping our bones strong. Here we show that physical force can play a role in the growth - and reversion - of cancer cells," Venugopalan said. The study involved growing malignant breast epithelial cells within a gel injected into flexible silicone chambers.
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