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'Stealth' properties of cancer-causing genetic mutations identified
Date:2/21/2012

they are able to use stealth tactics which may allow them to go undetected by the body's defence systems making them all the more dangerous in their ability to then go on and cause a disease like cancer."

Dr Stephen Wells of the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick added: "This is the first time scientists have identified a link between mutations and the electronic properties of disease-related genes.

"Although it is obviously very early days, these findings suggest that we could one day use these differences in electronic signatures as a red flag in terms of early detection of diseases like cancer."

The paper, The Interplay of mutations and electronic properties in disease-related genes, is published in the open access journal Scientific Reports.

It is co-authored by Chi-Tin Shih and Yun-Yin Cheng of Tunghai University and Ching-Ling Hsu of Chung-Yuan Christian University in Taiwan.


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Contact: Anna Blackaby
a.blackaby@warwick.ac.uk
44-247-657-5910
University of Warwick
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