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In a study in PNAS, scientists have found a gene that protects against lung cancer, says this BBC article. Comparing normal and diseased tissue, they found that the tumor suppressor gene LIMD1, which is located on chromosome 3p21, was deleted in most cancer tissue samples. Without LIMD1, the study's authors say, cells are more vulnerable to carcinogens like those found in cigarette smoke.

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