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Brain Tumor Gene Mutations Discovered in Early Childhood Cases

5/21/2014

Medical News Today - New research from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Washington University was able to identify several gene mutations in the brain that have not previously been identified with cancer. Study leader Suzanne Baker and colleagues found that 78 percent of DIPG tumors display changes in the histone H3 family of proteins, a genetic code that helps produce proteins that package DNA inside of cells. Disruptions in these procedures contribute to the development of cancer, Medical News Today said.

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