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Science in Mind

Studies of leukemia, endometrial cancer point to new research directions

Two large research teams have produced exhaustive genomic studies that reveal the most detailed catalog yet of the mutations that drive two deadly cancers — endometrial cancer and acute myeloid leukemia. The two studies of samples taken from hundreds of patients suggest new possible drug targets and ways to divide cancers into subtypes that might respond differently to treatment.

The new data are the latest fruits of a major national effort to create an atlas of the DNA blueprints of at least 20 types of cancer. Genomic data have been churned out in the past few years for five other cancers, and more are expected.

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