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Newly identified fusion genes in lung and colorectal cancer may guide treatment with 'targeted' drugs

from HealthCanal

Novel gene abnormalities discovered in a subpopulation of lung and colorectal tumors could potentially identify patients with a good chance of responding to highly specific "targeted" drugs already in use for treating other cancers, scientists report. The genetic alterations — pieces of two genes fused together — showed up in a massive search of the DNA in stored tumor samples of non-small cell lung cancer and colorectal cancer, said researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Foundation Medicine, Inc. more

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