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DNA map cancer treatment

A new laboratory could set the stage for a revolution in personalised cancer treatment in the coming decade, it has been claimed. Scientists believe that by mapping the DNA of an individual's tumours - a more targeted therapy can be administered.

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DNA map cancer therapy is 'not science fiction'

Chief executive of The Institute of Cancer Research Professor Alan Ashworth, comments on the Tumour Profiling Unit's research that will look at the use of DNA mapping in future cancer treatments:

None of this is science fiction. One would think in five or 10 years this will be absolutely routine practice for every cancer patient, and that's what we're aiming to bring about.

Genetic profiling of cancer is already being investigated at several laboratories around the world, but the new unit will pioneer its use in the clinic

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