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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Cancer Genomics

Cancer genomics is the study of the human cancer genome. It is a search within "cancer families" and patients for the full collection of genes and mutations--both inherited and sporadic--that contribute to the development of a cancer cell and its progression from a localized cancer to one that grows uncontrolled and metastasizes (spreads throughout the body).

Cancer Genomics