Tracing genetic chaos in 100 lung cancer patients could help predict survival

Anne Li                                                                                               April 29th, 2017


Just as rolling yarn into a ball prevents it from becoming tangled, our cells package long strands of DNA into neat bundles called chromosomes. This helps keep the DNA safe and organised. But in cancer cells the situation can be vastly different – particularly in lung cancer. Order and stability are exchanged for chaos at the genetic level. Spelling mistakes litter the billions of DNA letters, and larger DNA changes tangle or stitch strands together. It’s this chaos that makes lung cancer so hard to treat, especially as these errors develop and change over time.


See original article at: https://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/04/26/tracing-genetic-chaos-in-100-lung-cancer-patients-could-help-predict-survival/

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