Fruit flies light the way to pinpoint genetic changes that spell cancer

| July 31, 2012
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By studying fruit flies, scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have successfully devised a fast and cost-saving way to uncover genetic changes that have a higher potential to cause cancer. With this new approach, researchers will now be able to rapidly distinguish the range of genetic changes that are causally linked to cancer (i.e. “driver” mutations) versus those with limited impact on cancer progression. This research paves the way for doctors to design more targeted treatment against the different cancer types, based on the specific cancer-linked mutations present in the patient. This study published in the prestigious journal Genes & Development could help advance the development of personalized medicine in cancer care and treatment.

View the original article here: Fruit flies light the way to pinpoint genetic changes that spell cancer – medicalxpress.com

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