Genomes provide clues for treating leukemia, endometrial cancers

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Efforts to sequence the human genome have revealed genetic risk for disease, and taught us about our early ancestors. Now, efforts to sequence the genomes of cancer cells — to pinpoint the changes that occur in cancer cells’ DNA when a person has the disease — are pointing to ways to target cancer treatment.  Researchers working on the National Institutes of Health‘s Cancer Genome Atlas Project detailed new discoveries about two deadly types of cancer: acute myeloid leukemia and endometrial cancer(which arises in the uterine lining.)  Both studies revealed subtypes of the diseases — the different sets of genetic mutations that seem to cause cancers in different groups of patients.

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