Mini-breast grown in Laboratory

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Washington: In a biomedical first, researchers have grown a mini-breast in Petri dish that could provide a new tool for cancer research.

The research group, led by Christina Scheel, developed an assay whereby cultured human breast epithelial cells rebuild the three-dimensional tissue architecture of the mammary gland.

This technological break-through provides the basis for many research projects, both those aimed to understand how breast cancer cells acquire aggressive traits, as well as to elucidate how adult stem cells function in normal regeneration, says Scheel.

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