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  • Posted: 09/20/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

Researchers at Washington U develop new models of drug-resistant breast cancer that hint at better treatments

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that human breast tumors transplanted into mice are excellent models of metastatic cancer and could be valuable tools in the search for better treatments. According to new research published Sept. 19 in Cell Reports, these transplanted tumors maintain the genetic errors that caused the original cancer, even though they are growing in mice.

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