Monday, September 29, 2008

Two blog posts about cancer stem cells

Two recent blog posts by Kevin Graham (thanks to Drew Lyall):

1) Meet Kevin Graham: Cancer stem cell researcher, Connecting for Kids, September 19, 2008. Excerpt:
Have you ever heard of tumour stem cells? Did you know that stem cell research is being used to search for a cure for brain tumours? Admittedly, these probably aren’t the first things that jump to your mind when you hear about stem cell research, but that’s exactly why we started this forum.
2) Stem cells, Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells, Connecting for Kids, September 24, 2008. Excerpt:
How do you target a cancer stem cell? This is one of the many ways in which stem cell research is paying off. Early indications are that normal stem cells and cancer stem cells share many of the same cellular processes. Research over the years has compiled an amazing amount of data about how normal stem cells function, information that is now being rapidly applied to cancer stem cells.
The right frame of both posts also includes links to brief profiles of three other stem cell researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto: Janet Rossant (mammalian developmental biology and genetics), Peter Dirks (cancer stem cells of brain tumors) and Freda Miller (neuronal stem cells and neuronal growth, survival and apoptosis).

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