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Three named Rhodes ScholarsToday’s Spotlight features three MIT nominees selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Three MIT nominees — seniors Elliot Akama-Garren and Anisha Gururaj, and alumnus Noam Angrist ’13 — are among the 32 American recipients selected this weekend as Rhodes Scholars. Each will pursue graduate studies next year at Oxford University.

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Stop spreading tumors

Stop spreading tumors

Today’s Spotlight is a photograph, taken by Dominick Reuter, of Richard Hynes, the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research in MIT’s Department of Biology and Alexandra Naba, Koch Institute postdoc at MIT.

About 90 percent of cancer deaths are caused by tumors that have spread from their original locations. This process, known as metastasis, requires cancer cells to break through the supportive scaffold that gives tissues their structure.

MIT cancer biologists have now discovered that certain proteins in this structure, known as the extracellular matrix, help cancer cells make their escape.

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