In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, a team led by investigators at the Broad Institute reports its analysis of whole-exome sequencing data from 74 head and neck squamous cell carcinoma tumor-normal pairs. The team found that more than 30 percent of the cases "harbored mutations in genes that regulate squamous differentiation, implicating its dysregulation as a major driver of HNSCC carcinogenesis."

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