NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers at Stanford University studying the development of breast cancer in individuals have found that early lesions are genetically heterogeneous and that mutations in a well-known cancer gene, PIK3CA, induce cell growth but don't always lead to cancer.

The study, published online today in Genome Medicine, proposes the mutational analysis of pre-cancerous lesions in the clinic and raises questions about the utility of PIK3CA as a diagnostic marker of cancer.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

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