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Cancer

21 October 2010

Cancer marker gene discovered

Researchers say they have discovered a genetic marker that is present in at least 11 types of cancerous tumours and could lead to new tests and treatments for the disease.

"This new tumour marker may be used to improve cancer detection. Tumour imaging agents that bind to the new marker could be injected in the vasculature and would make visible early tumours located anywhere in the body," said Aurelian Radu of Mount Sinai, the study's lead author.

 

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