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  • Posted: 03/07/2013

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NCI Cancer Center News

Scientists make mouse model of human cancer, demonstrate cure

UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists report the first successful blocking--in a mouse model--of the development of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs), a cancer currently considered incurable in humans. UT Southwestern is home to the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center. The study included researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine.

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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.