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Cancer Genetic Flaw

December 22, 2011 by staff 

Cancer Genetic FlawCancer Genetic Flaw, Researchers at the BC Cancer Agency have discovered that some cancers share the same genetic flaw. This is quite a big finding in the cancer research field as researchers previously thought each tumour had its own distinct abnormalities.

 They were studying the similarities between ovarian, uterine and testicular cancers and found they shared this flaw. So what does this mean as far as cancer research and future treatment? “And so what we’re looking at is a series of cancers which no one would ever have binned together before, which share mutations in the same gene,” genetic pathologist Dr. David Huntsman said Wednesday from Vancouver.

“And it suggests that maybe we need to start rethinking the way we define cancers,” said Huntsman, co-principal author of a paper on the research published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Huntsman said that once scientists determine what the mutated DICER gene does exactly and figure out a way to target it, “you could have a treatment that is applicable across a group of cancer types, which no one would ever have considered putting together in a clinical trial.”

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