Cold Spring Harbor team validates potential new way to treat HER2-positive breast cancer
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory today report a discovery that they hope will lead to the development of a powerful new way of treating an aggressive form of breast cancer. The breast cancer subtype in question is commonly called "HER2-positive"; it's a subset of the disease affecting about one patient in four, in which tumor cells overexpress a signaling protein called HER2.
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