From: Florida State University
Published January 30, 2017 03:38 PM

Fruit flies yield clues on cancerous tumor hotspots

Florida State University researchers have found that the epithelial tissues that line the surfaces of organs throughout the body intrinsically have hot spots for cancerous tumors.

They discovered this by examining a common household pest — the fruit fly.

“Flies and humans have a lot in common in terms of genes and pathways for developing cancer,” said Wu-Min Deng, professor of biological science at Florida State and the senior author on the paper.

Deng and his now former postdoctoral researcher Yoichiro Tamori found that in the fruit fly, tumors always originated from specific regions of the epithelial tissue.

Read more at Florida State University

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