Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Growing a new prostate

This letter in the 22 October 2008 advanced online issue of of Nature caught my eye . . .

Scientists at Genentech, Inc. have identified an adult stem cell type in the male prostate that can can be transplanted and generate a new prostate in the donor!

Generation of a prostate from a single adult stem cell
Kevin G. Leong, et al.
Nature advance online publication 22 October 2008 | doi:10.1038/nature07427
[Original article; summary is free]

'New prostate' grown inside mouse
BBC News online, accessed 24 October 2008
[Summary of research and its context; cool image of a prostate cancer cell]

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