Cancer, Text Mining, Synthetic Biology, and Early Days of Consumer Genomics | GenomeWeb

In April of last year, we featured our fourth annual special issue devoted to cancer research. We highlighted the growing use of profiling miRNAs in tumors for possible use as biomarkers or in therapeutics. GWAS also held center stage, with scientists having found major associations in breast, prostate, and colon cancer in 2008. We featured work from NCI's Aaron Schetter, NIH's Stephen Chanock, and Brigham and Women's Hospital's David Sugarbaker, among others.

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