Cracking the Cancer Code
December 17, 2009 9:59 AM Subscribe
Cracking the Cancer Code:
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We already know that all cancers are caused by DNA mutations acquired during a person's lifetime. But what mutations actually cause cancer? We may be one step closer to finding out. International research teams led by the Cancer Genome Project at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have now mapped
the entire genetic code
of two of the most common human cancers: lung and skin (malignant melanoma).
Their findings have the potential
to revolutionize preventative and treatment therapies as well as pave the way for new early detection tests. More
Additional research is now underway
to map the mutations of cancerous breast, hepatic, oral, stomach, ovarian, pancreatic and brain cells.