NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a study published online yesterday in Nature Genetics, researchers at Harvard University, the Broad Institute, the Dana-Farber Cancer Center, and other centers in Massachusetts reported on findings from an effort to track down mutations driving the development of brain tumors known as craniopharyngiomas.

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