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Landmark study to transform cancer treatment

6th February 2020

More than a thousand scientists have built the most detailed picture of cancer ever in a landmark study.

The Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes Consortium analysed the whole genetic code of 2,658 cancers. The work, which took 22 scientific journal papers to describe, shows that cancer is massively complex, with thousands of different combinations of mutations able to cause cancer.

“What we want to do is to use these technologies to identify treatments that are tailored to each individual patient” said Dr Peter Campbell, from the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

To know more about this latest news in the oncology field visit the BBC webpage here.

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