This has the potential to be game changing, when it comes to fighting cancer. Scientists have, for the first time, decoded all of the genes of a person with cancer and found a set of mutations that may have caused or aided the progression of the disease.
A woman who, in her 50s, died of leukemia had donated cells for the research. The scientists sequenced all of the DNA from both her cancer cells and her own normal, healthy skin cells. From there, they were able to identify ten mutations that occurred only within the cancer cells. These mutations were spurring abnormal growth, preventing the cells from suppressing that growth, and enabling them to fight off chemotherapy.
To read more on the study, visit the New York Times. It’s a very exciting development that has a lot of potential to change the world.
“It would be nice to have this kind information on every patient we treat.”