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Washington University Medical Center's D. Ashley Hill published work in this week's advanced online edition of Science that implicates DICER1 mutations in development of familial pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB), a rare pediatric lung tumor. First using a four-family linkage study, the scientists mapped the PPB locus to chromosome 14q, and from this singled out DICER1.

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