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Medical News Today: Cancer: Scientists find 129 ‘jumping genes’ that drive tumor growth

In cancer research, scientists usually look for cancer genes by scouring the genome for altered sequences — or mutations — in DNA. But a new study has now revealed that jumping genes, which customary sequencing overlooks, are also important drivers of tumor growth. Researchers have uncovered 129 jumping genes that may drive cancer. Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, found that jumping genes are widespread in cancer and promote tumor growth by forcing cancer genes to remain switched on. They analyzed 7,769 tumor samples…

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