Study: Compound homes in on breast cancer stem cells

08/13/2009 | Yahoo!

U.S. scientists said they identified a chemical, called salinomycin, that proved effective in destroying breast cancer stem cells in mice and was 100 times more potent than paclitaxel, a chemotherapy drug for breast cancer. They found the compound by stimulating cancer cells to undergo "epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition" and then screening thousands of compounds to pinpoint effective chemicals that zero in on cancer stem cells.

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