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Duke-led genome sequencing of Burkitt lymphoma reveals unique mutation

  • Posted: November 13, 2012

In the first broad genetic landscape mapped of a Burkitt lymphoma tumor, scientists at Duke Medicine (home to the Duke Cancer Institute) and their collaborators identified 70 mutations, including several that had not previously been associated with cancer and a new one that was unique to the disease. Findings from the genetic sequencing of Burkitt lymphoma, an aggressive form of lymphoma, could be used to develop new drugs or aim existing therapies at mutations known to be susceptible. The researchers published their findings online Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in the journal Nature Genetics.

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