This Week in BMC Cancer


In BMC Cancer this week, researchers in Japan report on hepatitis B core promoter mutations, which are significantly associated with hepatocellular carcinoma in certain hepatitis B-infected patients. The team compared the full genome sequences of the hepatitis B virus from the blood of 37 patients with liver cancer and 38 patients without cancer. They also analyzed part of the core promoter region sequences from another 40 liver cancer patients and a second group of non-cancer patients.

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