Study identifies stem cells as source of bowel cancer changes

12/22/2008 | BBC

U.K. and Dutch scientists working on mice found that intestinal stem cells that lacked the APC gene, which helps inhibit tumors, caused the development of more tumors compared with non-stem-cell "daughter" cells. One of the researchers said the team hopes to verify the findings in humans and devise ways to detect and eliminate APC-deficient stem cells.

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