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Singapore scientists make breakthroughs in ovarian cancer

Published on Aug 8, 2014 1:22 PM

SINGAPORE- Scientists in Singapore have made new breakthroughs in ovarian cancer.

A team from the Institute of Medical Biology successfully identified a biomarker of ovarian stem cells, which may mean earlier detection and treatment of ovarian cancer.

Led by Professor Nicholas Barker, the team has identified a molecule, known as Lgr5, on cells from the tissue covering the ovary. Using Lgr5 as an indicator of ovarian stem cells, scientists are able to monitor the development of these cells and detect ovarian cancer at an earlier stage.

"Researchers have been intensively looking for markers of ovary stem cells for decades so that identification of Lgr5 as a specific marker is a major breakthrough," Prof Barker said.

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