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Scientists pinpoint childhood cancer gene

10th September 2008

A team of scientists from the University of Nottingham has pinpointed three genes key to the development of a form of childhood brain cancer.

The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, examined gene activity in 74 samples of ependymoma, which is diagnosed in 35 children every year in the UK and found a gene called SI00A4 was strongly associated with tumours in very young children. The scientists now hope the discovery could help in the development of more effective drugs with fewer side effects.

 

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