15
Apr
2019

Cancer DNA study helps uncover specific chemical causes of tumors

“Mutational signatures are the fingerprints that carcinogens leave behind on our DNA, and just like fingerprints, each one is unique,” says Serena Nik-Zainal, a researcher from the University of Cambridge working on the project. “They allow us to treat tumors as a crime scene and, like forensic scientists, allow us to identify the culprit – and their accomplices – responsible for the tumor.”

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