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Genetic Mutations Linked to Deadly Cancers

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:41pm

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter
10 minutes ago

THURSDAY, Sept. 4 ( HealthDay News ) -- Potentially groundbreaking discoveries involving genetic mutations of two deadly cancers -- the brain cancer glioblastoma and pancreatic cancer -- may lead to new treatments and even cures, researchers say.

"These studies represent the most complete genetic analysis to date of any tumor type and provide a detailed genetic map of these deadly cancers," Kenneth Kinzler, a professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins University, and co-author of the study on pancreatic cancer, said during a teleconference Wednesday.

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