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Genetic mutations in childrens’ tumors may help crack ‘code’ of incurable brain cancer

Gene clue opens paths to treat child brain cancer (via AFP) Genetic mutations found in brain tumours in children have opened up intriguing avenues to tackle this lethal form of cancer, researchers said on Sunday. Investigators found telltale mutations in a gene called ACVR1, which appears to play a role…

How the hummingbird ended up in the Andes

How the hummingbird ended up in the Andes (via The Christian Science Monitor) A new paper reports that different species of high-altitude South American hummingbirds have alighted on the same genetic mutations to solve their high-altitude problems(Kenneth Wong/The Bakersfield Californian/AP) Hummingbirds, fast and busy birds,…   [Image via Wikipedia Commons]…

Chinese herb remedy extract directly linked to cancer: study

A plant extract used in Chinese herbal remedies for arthritis, gout and inflammation has been directly linked to cancer and causes a surprising number of genetic mutations, scientists said Wednesday. The gene signature of aristolochic acid — derived from a vine known as birthwort — was found in tumors from…

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