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Our researchers have made a major discovery about how cells control when they divide. 

A new study led by Head of Cancer Biology, Professor Jon Pines, has revealed a ‘safety catch’ within cells that prevents them from dividing until DNA is allocated equally between its two daughter cells. 

Cancer cells rely on this safety catch more than normal cells, because they often have more chromosomes and so need more time to divide. 

The discovery could lead to new treatments that prevent cancer cells from dividing, or that kill them by forcing them to divide prematurely

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