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Cancer Drug Zeroes In on a Genetic Mistake

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 9:34pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

At some point in Karen Pihl's life, one of her lung cells made a potentially fatal misstep. As the cell duplicated its DNA in preparation to divide, part of the gene for one protein became erroneously attached to part of the gene for another. The genetic malfunction bestowed the cell with the ability to grow out of control, ultimately creating lung cancer.

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