Otis Brawley

Johns Hopkins researchers helping in search for elusive cancer-causing genes

Johns Hopkins researchers helping in search for elusive cancer-causing genes

When someone gets cancer, many scientists believe, it begins with a mutation in what's called a cancer driver gene. That gene, they believe, causes the cell to replicate rampantly and create a tumor.

Researchers around the world are trying to identify these driver genes so lifesaving drugs that target cancer at the genetic level can be developed. But there's no widely accepted standard for identifying the genes, and many scientists are using different methods.

A group at the Johns Hopkins University is trying to solve that problem.

They have developed a software program using bioinformatics — the collection and analysis of biological data — to help identify cancer driver...

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