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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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Robert E. Maxson

USC celebrates Robert E. Maxson’s lifetime of achievement and adventure

USC Emeritus Professor Robert E. Maxson has an understated explanation for why he’s flown so many planes, sailed so many boats, skied so many mountains, played so many guitars, taken so many trips to Antarctica, and studied so many different aspects of developmental biology. “I’m drawn to things that take all my attention, and things …

Leonardo Morsut

USC Stem Cell scientist Leonardo Morsut awarded $2.5 million NIH grant to explore “synthetic” embryonic development

Whether in an earthworm or a human being, developmental processes are driven by complex networks of genetically-encoded signals that enable cells to take cues from each other and their environment. To begin unraveling this complexity, USC Stem Cell scientist Leonardo Morsut is designing artificial genetic programs to perturb natural signaling networks and study how this …

Xi Chen

For USC scientist Xi Chen, a chicken is more than just an egg’s way of making another egg

USC postdoctoral researcher Xi Chen knows that you have to break a few eggs in order to grow chicken stem cells. His work on maintaining embryonic stem cells (ESC) from chicken eggs provides insight into stem cell pluripotency and evolutionary developmental biology. “The choice of beginning with fertilized chicken eggs was critical to the success …

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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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