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Huntsman Cancer Center researchers explore why K-Ras gene mutations prove so deadly in cancer

  • Posted: December 20, 2013

Cells with a mutation in the gene called K-Ras found mostly in cancers with the worst prognoses behave in ways that subvert the normal mechanisms of cell death.

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