Brain Cancer Linked to Stem Cells. Saw this pretty interesting article in Wired today about brain cancer. Apparently some types may start with specialized
stem cells, researchers said in a report that could lead to new
treatments for hard-to-treat brain tumors.
Studies in mice showed that certain incurable types of brain tumor
may be initiated by the primitive stem cells, which are a kind of
master cell for blood and tissue, they reported Monday.
"Continued research into the biology of adult stem cells will aid in
the understanding of how cancers originate and develop and may lead to
possible new therapies for treating aggressive, currently incurable
brain tumors," said Dr. Luis Parada of the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, who led the study.