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Scientists find that chromosomal abnormalities are associated with aging and cancer

Posted on May 06, 2012

Two new studies have found that large structural abnormalities in chromosomes, some of which have been associated with increased risk of cancer, can be detected in a small fraction of people without a prior history of cancer. These studies were conducted by two consortia, one led by scientists at the National Cancer Institute, and one by Gene Environment Association Studies (GENEVA) which is sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute. The results of the studies were published online May 6, 2012, in Nature Genetics.

News Sources

NCI Press Release: Scientists find that chromosomal abnormalities are associated with aging and cancer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) press release for the study  

NCI Cancer Bulletin: Unearthing clues to cancer risk in the aging genome

News article in NCI’s bi-weekly newsletter the Cancer Bulletin

DCEG Linkage: Scientific Highlight: Clonal mosaicism, aging, and cancer

Research highlight in the DCEG Linkage Newsletter

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