A new weapon is emerging in the war against pancreatic cancer

U.S. and Japanese researchers have come up with a novel, image-based way to track stem cell signals so as to halt pancreatic cancer in its tracks.

Because reporter activity of the stem-cell gene Msi can be visualized by live imaging, “these models can be used to track cancer stem cells within the tumor microenviroment,” explained Tannishtha Reya, PhD, of UC-San Diego School of Medicine.

This may provide “a real-time view of cancer growth and metastasis,” she added, and serve “as a platform to test new drugs that may be better able to eradicate resistant cells.”

The newsroom at UC-San Diego Health has the story: