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First animal model for pancreatic cancer may lead to early detection of disease

PanINs. "There are currently no tests with sufficient sensitivity and specificity to detect pancreatic cancer early enough to attempt a cure, and no test of any kind exists to identify premalignant disease. Because of the super-aggressive nature of this disease, the only hope for cure comes from the ability to identify the preinvasive condition. Our research identifies a protein signature that can signal the earliest stage of this disease and may even be useful to identify therapeutic targets in pancreatic cancer," explains Dr. Tuveson.


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