Apples to origins: identifying brain tumor stem cell genes by comparing transcriptomes of normal and cancer stem cells.
The mechanisms whereby medulloblastoma stem cells coordinate tumor propagation are poorly understood. Using microarray analysis, Corno and colleagues draw parallels and distinctions between medulloblastoma stem cells from the Ptch(+/-) mouse and normal neural stem cells, identifying Ebf3 as a cancer stem cell-specific transcript critical for tumor growth.
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