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Genome wide scan maps mutations in deadly lung cancers

  • Posted: September 6, 2012

Scientists have completed a comprehensive map of genetic mutations linked to an aggressive and lethal type of lung cancer.  Among the errors found in small cell lung cancers, the team of scientists, including those at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, found an alteration in a gene called SOX2 associated with early embryonic development. The team also included scientists from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and Genentech.

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