Milestone study probes cancer origin

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    Aug 23, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    An interesting approach to a stubborn problem.

    Scientists are reporting a significant milestone for cancer research after charting 21 major mutations behind the vast majority of tumours.

    The disruptive changes to the genetic code, reported in Nature, accounted for 97% of the 30 most common cancers.

    Finding out what causes the mutations could lead to new treatments. Some causes, such as smoking are known, but more than half are still a mystery.

    Cancer Research UK said it was a fascinating and important study.
  • conservativej...

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    Aug 23, 2013 1:51 PM GMT
    The wonders of computational genomics when building your baby. ;-) It is not just those 21 mutations that must be removed from the code base. ;-)