Metastasis of Pancreatic Cancer in Action (image) University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Caption Pancreatic cells spread by blending in. The left panel shows an inflammed pancreatic duct surrounded by what appear to be fibroblasts (blue arrow). Lineage tagging allowed the researchers to see that some of these fibroblast-like cells are actually invading pancreatic epithelial cells in disguise (left panel, white arrow). Such cells have undergone a process of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and are able to enter the bloodstream. Credit Andrew Rhim, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Cell Press Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.