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Pluripotent stem cells made from pancreatic cancer cells are first human model of the cancer's progression, Penn study finds

  • Posted: June 21, 2013

Scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (home to the Abramson Cancer Center) have used stem-cell technology to create a research cell line from a patient with advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). This first-of-its-kind human-cell model of pancreatic cancer progression was published in Cell Reports.


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