It emerges that tumour cells can give rise to non-dividing cells that form part of the supporting microenvironment known as the niche. These niche cells secrete proteins that drive tumour growth and progression. See Letters p.355 & p.360
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Huch, M., Rawlins, E. Tumours build their niche. Nature 545, 292–293 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature22494