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UCLA scientists discover how adult stem cell regulation contributes to lung cancer

  • Posted: June 20, 2014

Stem cells that repair injuries in lung airways are regulated by molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS). Increase in ROS levels trigger stem cells to divide and repair the airways; ROS then returns to the healthy baseline level.

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