NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – While cancer stem cells (CSCs) — subpopulations of cells within a tumor that are capable of driving the disease — have become a promising subject of research, their scarcity and the complexity associated with their isolation has made their use in drug screening difficult.

But a new method developed by a team from the University of Florida, Gainesville promises to overcome this hurdle, enabling the delivery of small-molecule drugs to individual islands of rare patient-derived cancer cells on a miniaturized microarray platform.

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