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Tadpole Soon To Help In The Fight Against Cancer And Lymphedema

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August 16, 2005
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VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology
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Lymph circulates in our bodies through a complex network of lymphatic vessels, of which little is known. This network is, however, of major importance for the support of the immune system and the fluid in our body. Researchers from VIB are the first to indicate that this network can be studied with the help of tadpoles. This accelerates research of the lymphatic vessel network.

Leuven, Belgium -- Lymph circulates in our bodies through a complex network of lymphatic vessels, of which little is known. This network is, however, of major importance for the support of the immune system and the fluid in our body. Researchers from the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) connected with the Catholic University of Leuven, are the first to indicate that this network can be studied with the help of tadpoles. This accelerates research of the lymphatic vessel network. With tadpoles one can now very quickly identify new genes that play a part in the development and functioning of the lymphatic vessel network. This is a first step in the search for solutions for illnesses related to the lymphatic vessel network, such as cancer and lymphedema.


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VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology. "Tadpole Soon To Help In The Fight Against Cancer And Lymphedema." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 August 2005. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/08/050814161703.htm>.
VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology. (2005, August 16). Tadpole Soon To Help In The Fight Against Cancer And Lymphedema. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/08/050814161703.htm
VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology. "Tadpole Soon To Help In The Fight Against Cancer And Lymphedema." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/08/050814161703.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

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