Injecting gene cocktail into mouse pancreas leads to humanlike tumors
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IMAGE: UT Health San Antonio scientist Dr. Bruno Doiron has invented a unique method to generate, in mice, pancreatic tumors that resemble human pancreatic cancer. This will be a tool researchers… view more 

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Credit: Dr. Bruno Doiron/UT Health San Antonio

Novel technology developed at UT Health San Antonio gives rise to mouse pancreatic tumors that have the same traits as human pancreatic cancer. A U.S. patent is pending on the invention.

The technology could revolutionize studies of pancreatic cancer initiation and progression and spur new drug development. An article published in the journal Carcinogenesis (Oxford University Press) describes this unique approach. Results of the research were made available online in November 2017 ahead of peer-review and print publication in February 2018.

Scientists study pancreatic cancer by genetically engineering mice to develop the disease or by transplanting tumors into rodents to test drug activity. In both cases, the resulting tumors provide an artificial, rather than true, picture of the human disease, said the technology’s inventor, Bruno Doiron, Ph.D., of UT Health San Antonio.

“For a decade, we have failed in treating pancreatic cancer because we didn’t have a good way to test new drugs,” Dr. Doiron, an assistant professor in the Joe

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