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Study Nearly Doubles Known Cancer-Linked Mutational Signatures
Analyzing the whole genome sequences of more than 18,000 tumors, researchers catalog nearly 60 new patterns of mutations that could inform cancer treatment.
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Study Nearly Doubles Known Cancer-Linked Mutational Signatures
Study Nearly Doubles Known Cancer-Linked Mutational Signatures

Analyzing the whole genome sequences of more than 18,000 tumors, researchers catalog nearly 60 new patterns of mutations that could inform cancer treatment.

Analyzing the whole genome sequences of more than 18,000 tumors, researchers catalog nearly 60 new patterns of mutations that could inform cancer treatment.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, KOTO_FEJA

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Our Favorite Cancer Stories of 2021
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Clarivate Ranks Most-Cited Researchers of 2017
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Cancer Genomes
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Direct-to-Consumer Liquid Biopsy
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