Mice Provide New Model for Breast Cancer Research
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers may be able to develop more precise cancer treatments after finding tumor cells continue to grow after being transplanted in mice.
A team from Washington University in St. Louis, found transplanted tumor cells contain the original cellular errors even after being put in mice. The cells continue to grow similar to how they would in a human. Researchers were also able to identify new mutations which play a role in the drug resistance of certain tumors.
"Our results are a good start for designing cures for metastatic breast cancer, which is a long-term goal for many of us who work with patients with stage 4 disease,” senior study author Matthew J. Ellis, MD, PhD, was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: Cell Reports, September 2013
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