Imagine your genes are like a chemical computer code—and the order of that code, all those genetic ones and zeroes, determine whether you’re healthy…or whether you have or will get cancer. The National Human Genome Research Institute has given 156-million dollars to Washington University in St. Louis to finance four years of study of DNA sequencing that could take medicine closer to learning cancer’s secrets by letting researchers look more deeply into that human chemical computer code. . The Director of the school’s Genome Sequencing Center, Doctor Richard Wilson, says the research will loook at genetic changes that are behind the development of cancer and make it grow. He thinks it could lead to extremely early diagnosis–and not just cancer. Will it lead to a cure for cancer? He’s not promising that. But learning to spot a very early genetic precursor to cancer can lead to better diagnosis and earlier and better-designed treatments.
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