NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A trio of papers in Nature Genetics describe findings from genomic studies of an ovarian cancer called small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type, that implicate mutations in the SMARCA4 gene in the development of the disease.

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