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Oct 2, 2021

Mapping proteins could offer a clearer view of what’s driving cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Genetic information can be messy. Mapping proteins could offer a clearer view of what’s driving cancer.


Scientists have unveiled new maps of the protein networks underlying different types of cancer, offering a potentially clearer way to see what’s driving the disease and to find therapeutic targets.

Sequencing the genetic information of tumors can provide a trove of data about the mutations contained in those cancer cells. Some of those mutations help doctors figure out the best way to treat a patient, but others remain more of a mystery than a clear instruction manual. Many are exceedingly rare, or there are so many mutations it’s not clear what’s fueling the cancer.

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