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  • Posted: 02/14/2012

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NCI Cancer Center News

Sanford-Burhham scientists develop new model of childhood brain cancer

Sanford-Burnham scientists have now developed a new mouse model for studying medulloblastoma. The animal model mimics the deadliest of four subtypes of the human disease, a tumor that is triggered by elevated levels of a gene known as Myc. The study, published February 13 in the journal Cancer Cell, also suggests a potential strategy for inhibiting the growth of this tumor type.

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NCI cancer centers logoAmong the research institutions NCI funds across the United States, it currently designates 66 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.