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Huge genetic diversity found in tumours

8th March 2012

Research by scientists at Cancer Research UK has found that taking a sample from one part of a tumour may not reveal its full genetic identity.

The research team carried out the first genome-wide analysis of the genetic variation between different regions of the same tumour using samples of kidney cancer. In findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine, they discovered that around two third of genetic faults were not repeated across other biopsies from the same tumour.

 

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