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Very Small Number of Gene Mutations Linked to Tumor Development

Bloomberg News reports that a study in Nature has provided important insight into the genetic mutations associated with the development of cancer. The study, part of The Cancer Genome Project, 3,281 tumor cell lines from 12 different types of cancer, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer. Surprisingly, researchers only identified 127 genes that were mutated and which are associated with known cell lines connected to cancer. Scientists explain that this is, “a really small number” and one which “suggests that only a few driver mutations are required for developing tumors.” The findings are important for they suggest that there may be a smaller set of genes which cancer therapies should target.

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in Nature.