A Christmas Present for Cancer Research

20Dec09

The researcher who led the discovery of BRCA2, Mike Stratton, has announced the first full genetic analysis of lung cancer and melanoma.

Visual of changes in genetic code of cancer cells

Visual of changes in genetic code of cancer cells

The graphic above is visual summary of this work. It shows all of the mutations in the genome of small-call lung cancer (above) and malignant melanoma (below). The researchers who worked on this project are part of a consortium analyzing the genome of several cancer types. The results of this research will significantly increase the understanding of cancer and hopefully lead to more effective treatments for it. Good news for those of us thinking about BRCA: breast and ovary cancers are included in this project. In the new few years, we should be hearing more about this work. See the press release from the institute or read the BBC news article for more information.

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