In Nucleic Acid Research, researchers from City of Hope report on their development of a method to detect the mutational fingerprints of carcinogens, which they then applied to the study of three carcinogens: ultraviolet radiation from the sun, 4-aminobiphenyl, and secondhand smoke. Their approach combines Stratagene's Big Blue mouse mutation detection assay with Roche/454's Genome Sequencer FLX Titanium next-generation sequencing technology and a bioinformatic pipeline.

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