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Medical News & Perspectives
March 19, 2008

New Screening Tool Reveals Genes Essential for Cancer Cells’ Survival

JAMA. 2008;299(11):1247-1248. doi:10.1001/jama.299.11.1247

The complexity of cancer genetics, layered on top of the complexity of the human genome itself, creates a daunting task for researchers seeking to decipher the genetic factors involved in tumorigenesis and cancer development. But a relatively new laboratory technique may make the job easier by allowing investigators to efficiently screen for genes that are essential for cancer cells' survival (Silva JM et al. Science. 2008;319[5863]:617-620; Schlabach MR et al. Science. 2008;319[5863]:620-624).