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San Diego Researchers Help Sequence Lung Cancer Genome

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Aired 12/16/09

Scientists at San Diego-based Life Technologies have co-authored a study that reveals the genome of lung cancer.

Scientists at San Diego-based Life Technologies have co-authored a study that reveals the genome of lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death worldwide. It, like all cancers, is driven by gene mutations. The study published in the journal "Nature" identified many mutations, caused by cigarette smoke, including ones that deactivate genes that suppress cancer tumors. Michael Rhodes, of Life Technologies, said the more mutations that occur the more likely a person is to get cancer.

"Turns out you're getting about one mutation every fifteen cigarettes," he said. "That really means every time you smoke a pack of cigarettes you get a mutation."

Rhodes said lung cancers need to be sequenced in more individuals before treatments can be developed. Rhodes co-wrote the study with researchers at Britain's Sanger Institute.

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MaverickNY | December 16, 2009 at 5:31 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Well I was sufficiently interested in these assertions to be curious, but is it too much to allow log in via social media tools such as Disqus, Facebook, Twitter or Google Connect to make it easier for the end user?

How about kindly providing a link to the article that makes these wild claims? My pet peeve with news outlets is wild claims like this without any substantiation or reference to the original source so we can form an intelligent opinion as to the veracity of the information.

Also, having to create yet another account/password and sign up in order to ask this very basic information, which could have been easily provided to begin with, reminds me why old media is a dying dinosaur!

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