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  • Posted: 06/03/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

Oncogene mutation hijacks splicing process to promote growth and survival

An international team of researchers – led by researchers from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Department of Pathology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (home of the Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center) – has found that a singular gene mutation helps brain cancer cells to not just survive, but grow tumors rapidly by altering the splicing of genes that control cellular metabolism. The findings are published online in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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