‘A handful’ of gene faults can turn a healthy cell cancerous

Anne Li                                                                                      October 28th, 2017


Fewer than 10 errors in the DNA inside cells are enough to drive development of a cancer, according to new estimates. Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute found that different types of cancer are triggered by a different number of genetic changes (mutations). Professor Sir Mike Stratton, director of the institute, said the research shows that a small number of mutated genes are responsible for converting a single normal cell into a cancer cell. The specific genes that are affected vary according to cancer type.


See original article at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/news-report/2017-10-20-a-handful-of-gene-faults-can-turn-a-healthy-cell-cancerous

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