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MANHATTAN, Kan., Aug.
An important gene that normally protects the body against cancer can itself cause a variety of cancers depending on the specific mutation that damages it
A new study of mutations in cancer genomes shows how researchers can begin to distinguish the 'driver' mutations that push cells towards cancer from the 'passenger' mutations that are a by-product of cancer cell development.
According to modern biology textbooks, a single genetic mutation is rarely enough to cause cancer.
In a new study, scientists have searched for mutations in the gene regions of more than 100 kidney cancer samples, the largest number of samples from a single tumor type to be sequenced to date.
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have found that a group of genetic rogue elements, produced by DNA sequences commonly known as â€˜junk DNAâ€™, could help diagnose breast and bowel cancer.
Professor Dr. Sanford Markowitz details promising findings leading to reducing the burden of the disease.
Tumor suppressor genes make proteins that help control cell growth.
By looking at yeast cells, Jeffrey Laney, assistant professor of biology, has figured out one way in which cells can transform themselves: a cellular â€œmachineâ€ removes a regulatory â€œlid.â€
One difficulty with fighting cancer cells is that they are similar in many respects to the body's stem cells.
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