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Cell. 2010 Oct 1;143(1):27-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2010.09.030.

How to survive aneuploidy.

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Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA.


Aneuploidy, or an abnormal number of chromosomes, adversely affects cell growth, but it is also linked with cancer and tumorigenesis. Now, Torres et al. (2010) help to resolve this paradox by demonstrating that aneuploid yeast cells can evolve mutations in the proteasome protein degradation pathway that alleviate imbalances in protein production and increase the cell's proliferative capacities.

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