Int. J. Dev. Biol. 55: 667 - 669 (2011)
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.113421mb
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Developmental and cancer research on the mammary gland nowadays

Marc Bracke and Olivier De Wever

Ghent, Belgium

ABSTRACT Developmental and Cancer Research on the Mammary Gland Nowadays In this Special Issue, a number of common biological mechanisms are presented that govern both mammary gland development and mammary cancer. About half of the contributors present data on normal growth and differentiation of the gland, while for the others, cancer is the dominating theme. Yet, nearly all of them cross-refer to both research fields, and one of the innovating concepts in this respect is the existence of cellular ecosystems operating in development and cancer.

Keywords:

mammary gland, development, cancer, special issue, preface