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Unraveling the genetic picture of lung cancer
Date:10/22/2008

y mutations with unprecedented sensitivity. As a result, genes such as neurofibromatosis 1 and retinoblastoma 1, and several more that had been previously associated with other cancers, were discovered to be involved in this type of lung cancer.

"Our ability to detect cancer-causing genes with such great sensitivity enabled us to create the most comprehensive map ever of how this kind of tumor is able to defeat the body's defenses against cancer," said Dr. David Wheeler, an associate professor who led the BCM genome sequencing center analysis team. "These data are likely to have very near term impact on the way physicians think about treating lung cancer."

Some anti-cancer drugs used to treat other kinds of cancers may be useful in lung as well, the researchers noted.


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