Pluripotent stem cells made from pancreatic cancer cells are first human model of the cancer’s progression

Pancreatic cancer carries a dismal prognosis. Researchers and clinicians don’t have a non-invasive way to even detect early cells that portent later disease. Scientists have created a research cell line from a patient with advanced pancreatic cancer. This first-of-its-kind human-cell model of pancreatic cancer progression is the first example using induced pluripotent stem cells to model cancer progression directly from a solid tumor and to model pancreatic cancer from early to invasive stages.

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