January 28, 2016
Dr. Leonard Zon of Boston Children’s Hospital has made a discovery that shed light on the origins of cancer. Using zebrafish, Dr. Zon discovered a melanoma cell that had reverted to an embryonic form, when it could have developed into any cell type. As it began to divide, cancer genes took over and the single primitive cell barreled forward into a massive tumor. Click here to read more from the NYTimes on this exciting discovery.
Dr. Zon was funded by the MPN Research Foundation both in 2014 and again in 2015 through 2016 to bring his expertise to bear on myeloproliferative neoplasms. Read more about Dr. Zon’s project with the Foundation here: http://www.mpnresearchfoundation.org/2014-MPN-Challenge-Zon.