and president of the Ikerbasque Executive Committee. “As well as being relevant for the control of cancer and metastasis, this work shows that in the Basque Country there are teams of researchers in academic institutions and in companies with the necessary experience and collaboration capacity to address multidisciplinary projects of biomedical relevance, by combining synthetic and computational chemistry with the structural analysis of the mechanism of action and the biological validation of the generated molecules”, states Dr. Francisco Blanco, Ikerbasque Research Professor at CIC bioGUNE. Impact of cancer and metastasis Cancer is the second highest cause of human mortality and its incidence increases with age. Thanks to the progress in early detection and the control of detected tumours, the survival rate has been steadily increased and, in this sense, it is expected that further progress in these two aspects of the disease will be achieved. Nowadays, 90% of deaths from cancer are caused by the reappearance of the original tumour in a different part of the body, a process known as metastasis. This process takes place when a cancer cell from the original tumour migrates to another organ in the patient’s body, generating a new tumour. Colon cancer, is not among the highest mortality rate cancers, but it often develops metastasis in the liver, which it is. In fact this is the organ where most frequently the metastasis from tumours in other parts of the body appear. This happens because the liver works as a blood and lymph filter and, therefore, cancer cells in these fluids may be trapped in it. The lethal danger of cancer cells moving around the body is what pushes the researchers to find therapies to stop metastasis. More information: Sebastian, E.