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In multi-institute study, heat-shock factor reveals its unique role in supporting highly malignant cancers

  • Posted: August 3, 2012

A study led by Whitehead Institute researchers has found that increased expression of a specific set of genes is strongly associated with metastasis and death in patients with breast, colon, and lung cancers. Not only could this finding help scientists identify a gene profile predictive of patient outcomes and response to treatment, it could also guide the development of therapeutics to target multiple cancer types. This study included researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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