New markers for breast cancer may assist diagnoses

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New, additional diagnostic markers that may help oncologists to better predict and prevent breast cancer. Researchers at the Medical Informatics and Systems Division at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute identified such markers in a recent genomic study.

Study authors compared blood samples from participants with healthy breasts and those with breast cancer, and they discovered a number of novel markers that could help forecast breast cancer. Samples were derived from samples from The Cancer Genome Atlas Project and the 1000 Genomes Project. Researchers focused on microsatellite variation, examining small regions of repeating DNA in the genome that can impact normal cellular function. Previous research has indicated that microsatellite variation can be a tell-tale cancer indicator. Researchers stated that future research examining such minute genomic changes could give clinicians new avenues to determining cancer risk.

New markers for breast cancer may assist diagnoses
New markers for breast cancer may assist diagnoses
The fight against breast cancer is never-ending, but Virginia Tech researchers in the Medical Informatics and Systems Division at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have found additional diagnostic markers that may aid clinicians to better forecast and prevent the disease. Microsatellites are small regions of repeating DNA in the genome that can affect proper cellular function in a variety of ways.
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