NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A whole-exome sequencing and copy number variation study of pancreatic cancer published online today in Nature suggests that the disease sometimes involves alterations to genes and pathways best known for their role in axon guidance during embryonic development.

The work was conducted as part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium effort by researchers with the BCM Cancer Genome Project, the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research Pancreatic Cancer Genome Study.

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