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What is the mechanism by which mutations to the cell clock cause cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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In brief: Unregulated growth

The "cell clock" is often referred to as the cell cycle.
Think of this as a series of stop and go lights during the lifetime of a cell. Mutations can change a "stop light" to a "green light" resulting in unregulated growth of cells. That unregulated growth can result in the cancer.

In brief: Unregulated growth

The "cell clock" is often referred to as the cell cycle.
Think of this as a series of stop and go lights during the lifetime of a cell. Mutations can change a "stop light" to a "green light" resulting in unregulated growth of cells. That unregulated growth can result in the cancer.
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