Stanford researchers show that leukemias arise from changes that accumulate in blood stem cells
A team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine report that they have used advanced techniques to survey the stem cells that produce all blood cells and, in the process, they have proven a controversial theory that blood cancers — and perhaps all cancers — arise only when mutations accumulate over long periods of time in stem cells. Stanford is home to the Stanford Cancer Institute.
Among the research institutions NCI funds across the United States, it currently designates 67 as Cancer Centers. Largely based in research universities, these facilities are home to many of the NCI-supported scientists who conduct a wide range of intense, laboratory research into cancer’s origins and development. The Cancer Centers Program also focuses on trans-disciplinary research, including population science and clinical research. The centers’ research results are often at the forefront of studies in the cancer field.