It's in the Mitochondria

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A new study in PLoS Genetics may explain why cancer cells seem "immortal," says Melissa Lee Phillips at the Nature News blog. While exploring the mitochondrial DNA of cancer cells, Jason Bielas and his colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that it was much less mutated than nuclear DNA.

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