Ovarian stem cells hold potential for ovarian cancer drug discovery


Ovarian cancer kills more than 150,000 women worldwide every year, but little is known about the molecular and cellular basis of this particular type of cancer. “We need to understand the normal cell biology of the ovary before we can begin to understand what goes wrong during cancer, for example,” says Dr. Nick Barker from Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR , Singapore. However, the molecular mechanism of tissue renewal process as well as its abnormality during disease state remains unclear.