Back to the future: breast cancer reprises pathways found in fetal cells: Scientists identify genetic characteristics of fetal stem cells that may lead to breast cancer later in life

Back to the future: breast cancer reprises pathways found in fetal cells: Scientists identify genetic characteristics of fetal stem cells that may lead to breast cancer later in life

Scientists have uncovered a reason for the uncanny likeness between cells in the most malignant cancers and the embryonic cells of the organ in which the cancer originated: cells in human basal-like breast cancers share features with the embryonic mammary (breast) stem cells that are the progenitors of all cell types in the mammary gland (of a mouse).

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