New technique to grow cancer cells in laboratory to accelerate drug testing

A team of scientists at the Institute of Cancer Rea search (UK), led by the researcher Nicola Valeri, has reported it has grown cancer cells in vitro using a sort of mini-tumors called POD (Patient-Derived Organoids) in order to test novel drugs. The study has been published in the journal Science and describes the growth of cancer cells collected from 71 patients with gastrointestinal cancer, then grown in laboratory on cultured tissues. The developed tissues have been used to test 55 types of drugs. So far, the technique has been used exclusively on gastrointestinal cancers, yet it could be applied to every cancer types, which is the team’s objective.

(Source: Science)