(From the August 2013 Issue of MedStat)
Most of the time, it takes decades of accumulating genetic errors for a tumor to develop. While this explains the general occurrence of cancer in adults, it leaves a gap in understanding of the cause of pediatric tumors. In a study published in the July issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found a missing piece of the pediatric cancer puzzle. Changxian Shen, PhD, senior research associate at the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s, and Peter Houghton, PhD, director of the center, may have identified one mechanism behind the early development of some pediatric solid tumors – as well as a target for future pediatric cancer therapies.
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