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Protein complex may play role in preventing many forms of cancer, study shows

  • Posted: May 6, 2013

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine (home of the Stanford Cancer Institute) have identified a group of proteins that are mutated in about one-fifth of all human cancers. The finding suggests that the proteins, which are members of a protein complex that affects how DNA is packaged in cells, work to suppress the development of tumors in many types of tissues.

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