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Signature of circulating breast tumor cells that spread to the brain found

  • Posted: April 11, 2013

Some breast tumor circulating cells in the bloodstream are marked by a constellation of biomarkers that identify them as those destined to seed the brain with a deadly spread of cancer, said researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine and the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, in a report that appears online in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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