Skin and Lung Cancer Genes Cracked

Scientists have unlocked the entire genetic code of two of the most common cancers - skin and lung cancers.

The scientists found the DNA code for a skin cancer called melanoma contained more than 30,000 errors almost entirely caused by too much sun exposure.

The lung cancer DNA code had more than 23,000 errors largely triggered by cigarette smoke exposure. The experts estimate a typical smoker acquires one new mutation for every 15 cigarettes they smoke. Although many of these mutations will be harmless, some will trigger cancer.

This achievement will allow the development of blood tests for the earlier detection of cancer, as well as new drugs.

Isn't it nice when science is used for the good of humanity?


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