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Prognosis Predictions for Breast Cancer

National Cancer Institute researchers report that, in their mouse study, breast cancer gene expression signatures were "consistently predictive" of metastasis. As they report in Cancer Research, the scientists conducted a series of gene expression profiling experiments and saw that the signature is combination of genes expressed in all tissues as well as from the tumor epithelium and somatic mutations. "Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to determine which women are more likely to have a tumor that would metastasize, and we could then tailor therapy specifically for them, avoiding the use of harsh treatments for those with a low probability of metastasis," study author Kent Hunter says.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.