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In BMC Cancer this week, researchers in China report that microRNA-182 plays a role in metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma. The team analyzed miR-182 expression in 86 paired samples of hepatocellular carcinoma and normal tissue, and found that the microRNA was overexpressed in cancer tissue compared to normal tissue. That overexpression was correlated with underexpression of the metastasis supressor 1 gene as well as intrahepatic metastasis and poor prognosis of patients.

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