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Dartmouth scientists identify genetic blueprint for cancers of the appendix

  • Posted: May 13, 2014

Using next generation DNA sequencing, Dartmouth scientists have identified potentially actionable mutations in cancers of the appendix. When specific mutations for a cancer type are identified, patients can be treated with chemotherapy or other targeted agents that work on those mutations.

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