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Genome analysis of pancreas tumors reveals new pathway

  • Posted: October 25, 2012

The latest genomic analysis of pancreatic tumors identified two new pathways involved in the disease, information that could be capitalized on to develop new and earlier diagnostic tests for the disease. Baylor College of Medicine scientists were part of an international effort, the first to report findings from primary tumors in the disease. Previously only cell lines or tumors transplanted into mice had been used because the tumors are so small. The Baylor College of Medicine is home to the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center.

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