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Table 2 Metabolic and cellular organization differences between normal and cancer cells [34]

From: Cancer as a dynamical phase transition

Properties Normal Cells Cancer Cells
Metabolic Oxidative phosphorylation: high entropic state Glycolysis: low entropy state
Cellular High degree of synchrony in cell cycle Low degree of synchrony in cell cycle
Phenotype Homogeneous Heterogeneous
Motility Low High, especially in metastatic cancer
Tissue High degree of spatial order Spatial disorder