Thursday, 16 August 2007

Experimental test looks at cancer stem cell development in mammals

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Actually and intentionally creating cancer cells sounds like an odd proposition to me, but that's what is being done by Harvard medical scientists. Why? Well, they are trying to initiate tumors -- breast cancer stem cells to be exact -- in mice to determine how to detect cancer stem cells early and effectively.

With cancer stem cells being very rare, knowing about them very early and with precision would be quite a boon to the breast cancer testing field. Outside of petri dish experiments, researching cancerous stem cells inside mammals has been a very unexplored area of oncology -- until now.

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