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USC Stem Cell scientists are advancing our understanding of cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, blood, colon, skin, pancreas, liver, brain, ovaries and eye. They are also using stem cells to find new drugs and regenerative therapies for patients.

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  • Approximately 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.
  • Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide.
  • Metastasis is the leading cause of cancer-related death.
  • The most common cancers are projected to be breast, lung and bronchus, prostate, colon and rectum, bladder, melanoma of the skin, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal pelvis, leukemia, endometrial and pancreatic.

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Leukemia cells

How alike are the cancer cells from a single patient?

Even within a single patient with cancer, there is a vast diversity of individual tumor cells, which display distinct behaviors related to growth, metastasis, and responses to chemotherapy. To carry out these behaviors, each cancer cell uses its genes to make the needed molecules in a unique way known as its “gene expression signature.” To …

Students

California’s stem cell agency awards USC $5 million to train scientists and clinicians

USC has been awarded a $5 million training grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to prepare PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and clinical fellows for careers in stem cell research. CIRM also approved 17 other training programs at universities and clinical facilities across California, including one at USC-affiliated Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). …

Bell in the lab

Drug-like molecule points to novel strategies for cancer therapy

A decade ago, genome sequencing revealed a big surprise: about 50 percent of human cancers are linked to mutations in what are known as epigenetic regulators, which control the activity of genes. In a new study in Cell Chemical Biology, a team of scientists led by Oliver Bell from USC and Stephen V. Frye from …

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The University of Southern California has designed a unique “incubator” for scientists, engineers and clinicians to collaborate across disciplines and leverage the transformative power of stem cells to develop the future of regenerative medicine. The USC Stem Cell incubator trains the next generation of scientists through a dedicated PhD program and first-of-its-kind master’s degree, and brings together leading researchers from around the world to gain insights into developmental biology and advance new treatments for human disease. Learn more at http://stemcell.keck.usc.edu.
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