Friday, October 24, 2008

Prostate Glands Grown in Mice

Researchers have been able to use stem cells to grow a prostate gland, from scratch, in mice.

This is significant in a number of ways, including a further triumph for stem cell research, still in its infancy.

It is hoped that this will lead to breakthroughs in treating prostate cancer, responsible for a quarter of all new cancers found in men.

(Thanks to National Geographic for the incredible, but, ultimately, unrelated image.)