In separate studies both published on Wednesday, researchers at Washington University helped lead the genomic analysis of two types of cancer.
A national consortium of scientists has sequenced the genome of a common type of lung cancer. The work suggests that the key to treating cancer may lie in understanding its genes.
Washington University helped lead the study, which mapped and analyzed genetic mutations in squamous cell carcinoma of the lung.
The director of Wash U’s Genome Center, Richard Wilson, says the study identified mutations in lung tumors that are also found in other types of cancer.
He says the work suggests the genetics of cancer are more important than where it first appears in the body.
On today’s show, we’ll have a look at cancer.
Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.
With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.
But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.