Pan-Cancer Project could identify cancer causes by their genetic fingerprints

Written by Heather Jones, Future Science Group

The genetic causes of cancer are being catalogued as part of an international study in which several institutions have collaborated to achieve a detailed list of the mutational fingerprints that drive cancer development. The study, published in Nature as part of a global Pan-Cancer Project, will enable further research into the causes of cancer, informing prevention strategies and the trajectory for cancer diagnosis and treatments. With cancer causing approximately 165,000 deaths every year in the UK, a greater understanding of the causative factors leading to development of the disease is vital to push research forward. Many known causes of cancer...

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