New gene implicated in most common, most deadly child brain cancer

Genetic mutations found in brain tumours in children have opened up intriguing avenues to tackle this lethal form of cancer, researchers say.

Investigators found telltale mutations in a gene called ACVR1, which appears to play a role in a currently incurable form of childhood brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG.

DIPG is the most aggressive brain tumour in children.

It develops in the brain stem, which is the seat of basic body functions that keep people alive, which means that it cannot be removed safely by surgery.

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