UCLA researchers led by Brigitte Gomperts have discovered the inner workings of the process thought to be the first stage in the development of lung cancer. Their study explains how factors that regulate the growth of adult stem cells that repair tissue in the lungs can lead to the formation of precancerous lesions.
Findings from the three-year study could eventually lead to new personalized treatments for lung cancer, which is responsible for an estimated 29% of US cancer deaths, making it the deadliest form of the disease.
The study was published online in the journal Stem Cell.
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