Testicular cancer breakthrough
Scientists have made a breakthrough in studying the origins of testicular cancer by grafting human tissue into mice.
They were able to study the development of the cells, which can cause testicular germ cell cancer (TGCC), the most common cancer among men aged 15 to 44.
It is already known testicular cancer originates from abnormal development of cells in foetuses, but how and why was impossible to explore before now.
In the study, published in journal Human Reproduction, experts formulated a new method for investigating how human testes develop by grafting testicular tissue from donated foetuses into mice and watching how cells developed.