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Cancer cells depend on two things, says the Broad Institute: a hyperactive metabolism to fuel growth and anti-oxidative enzymes to protect against potentially toxic reactive oxygen species. In a press release, the Broad announced that its researchers teamed up with colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital and discovered a compound, called piperlongumine, that selectively blocks cancer cells' response to oxidative stress while sparing normal cells.

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