UCSF researchers have discovered a cellular defect that disrupts the production of proteins in human cells, and could lead to a susceptibility to cancer, they report in Cancer Cell. The researchers, led by Davide Ruggero, focused on the mTOR, which controls cell survival and proliferation.

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