Thesis defense Colinda Scheele: stem cell behavior in mammary glands


On May 7, Netherlands Cancer Institute researcher Colinda Scheele received her PhD degree cum laude. She could easily be considered a behavioral biologist, although instead of bonobos or zebra finches, she observed the behavior of generations of stem cells in healthy mammary tissue and mammary tumors in mice - live, in 3D, through a special microscope. One of the things she discovered was that only a small population of tumor cells in the mammary tumor - the cancer stem cells - drives a tumor to be invasive and life-threatening.

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