Thursday, December 17, 2009

Scientists unlock genetic code in major cancer breakthrough

By Phil Han, CNN
December 17, 2009 8:09 a.m. EST

Scientists believe the genetic maps will revolutionzie the way doctors treat cancer.
Scientists believe the genetic maps will revolutionzie the way doctors treat cancer.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Scientists have mapped the genetic codes of lung and skin cancer
  • The study will help in the treatment and discovery of deadly tumors
  • 10 other countries are involved in similar studies around the world
  • Cancer claims more than seven million lives each year worldwide

RELATED TOPICS
  • Cancer
  • Gene Therapy
  • Medicine
London, England (CNN) -- The entire genetic codes of two common types of cancer have been cracked, according to scientists, who say the breakthrough could unlock a new era in the treatment of deadly diseases.
Scientists at the UK-based Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute catalogued the genetic maps of skin and lung cancer and have pinpointed the specific mutations within DNA that can lead to dangerous tumors.
Researchers predict these maps will offer patients a personalized treatment option that ranges from earlier detection to the types of medication used to treat cancer.

The genetic maps will also allow cancer researchers to study cells with defective DNA and produce more powerful drugs to fight the errors, according to the the study's scientists.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/12/17/cancer.research.breakthrough.genetic/

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