St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Identifies the Specific Cell that Causes Eye Cancer, Disproving Long-Held Theory

Published: Oct 19, 2007

Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have identified the cell that gives rise to the eye cancer retinoblastoma, disproving a long-standing principle of nerve growth and development. The finding suggests for the first time that it may one day be possible for scientists to induce fully developed neurons to multiply and coax the injured brain to repair itself.

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