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Scientists are exploring the potential of using fruit flies to halt the growth of brain tumors.

Scientists are exploring the potential of fruit flies to aid in halting the progression of brain tumors. Researchers at the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence, located at the University of Plymouth, have utilized the fruit fly Drosophila as a model to identify and study cells in the earliest stages of tumor growth.

Their investigations focus on glioma tumors, including aggressive types such as glioblastoma, known for their rapid growth and destructive nature, particularly targeting healthy brain tissue. While these tumors can affect individuals of any age, they are more prevalent in older adults and present symptoms such as worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting, vision disturbances, and seizures.

Dr. Claudia Barros, leading a recent study published in EMBO Reports, has uncovered crucial processes involved in preparing for tumor formation and growth. Through their research with Drosophila, they have pinpointed significant metabolic and protein balance differences in cells at the initial stages of brain tumor formation.

Dr. Karen Noble, from the Brain Tumour Research charity, emphasizes the significance of these preliminary findings, noting their potential to pave the way for novel treatments targeting tumor cells more effectively, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

Sam Suriakumar, a 38-year-old diagnosed with a low-grade glioma after experiencing seizures, underscores the importance of such research advancements. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy following surgery and radiotherapy. Suriakumar expresses gratitude for the role of fruit fly research in enhancing understanding and treatment options for tumors like his, advocating for increased investment in research to expedite progress towards finding a cure.

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