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  • Posted: 10/18/2012
NCI Cancer Center News

Duke epigenetic analysis of stomach cancer finds new disease subtypes

Researchers at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore have identified numerous new subtypes of gastric cancer that are triggered by environmental factors. The researchers used 240 primary tumors and cell lines to conduct the first full survey of the DNA methylation landscape in gastric cancer, known as the methylome. Their goal was to identify new molecular subgroups of gastric cancer not caused by primary genetic mutations, particularly those that might be targeted with therapies. Duke University is home to the Duke Cancer Institute.

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