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Researchers discover biological diversity in triple-negative breast cancer

  • Posted: February 14, 2013

Triple-negative breast cancers are more biologically diverse than previously believed and classification should be expanded to reflect this heterogeneity, according to a study from the University of North Carolina led by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, along with scientists from the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain.

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