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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.

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