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Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

| | August 15, 2013

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The first detailed map of genetic faults that cause cancers was published on August 14, 2013. It offers profound insights into the disease.

The map describes more than 20 “genetic signatures”, or patterns of mutation, that alone or in combination drive 30 different types of cancer, including brain, lung, pancreas and breast tumours. Independent cancer specialists who have seen the research said it was “extremely important” and was likely to lead to new strategies to prevent and ultimately treat the disease.

The findings are expected to drive research into the causes of mutations behind each cancer.

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