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25 Feb 2011

Scientists Discover Cancer-Causing Gene

A breast cancer-causing gene was discovered to possibly help medical professionals customise treatments for individual patients.

Scientists at Cancer Research UK have discovered a breast cancer-causing gene that could help medical professionals offer tailored treatments for individual patients. It is the first time in five years that researchers have discovered an 'oncogene' that, when overactive, triggers a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer to develop.


The scientists, based at Cancer Research UK's Cambridge research institute and the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Canada, believe testing patients' tumours to see if the gene 'ZNF703' is overactive could help identify patients with more aggressive tumours, so their treatment can be tailored accordingly.


Professor Carlos Caldas, based at Cancer Research UK's Camb

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