Cancer Researchers Link DICER1 Gene Mutation To Rare Childhood Cancer, Children's National Medical Center Study

Published: Jun 26, 2009

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EurekAlert! -- WASHINGTON, DC—Research published today in Science Express from the journal Science demonstrates the first definitive link between mutations in the gene DICER1 and cancer. By studying the patterns of DNA from 11 families with an unusual predisposition to the rare childhood lung cancer pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) investigators found that children with the cancer carried a mutation in one of their two DICER1 gene copies.

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