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A novel surface marker helps scientists ‘fish out’ mammary gland stem cells

  • Posted: April 15, 2013

In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) used a mouse model to identify a novel cell surface marker on mammary gland stem cells.  Using that marker, the team was able to assemble a sample of mammary gland stem cells of unprecedented purity. Until now, isolating pure mammary gland stem cells, which are important in  mammary gland development as well as breast cancer formation, has posed a challenge.

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