December 17, 2009 8:09 a.m. EST
Scientists believe the genetic maps will revolutionzie the way doctors treat cancer.
- 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
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.