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Is Cancer the Next of Kin to the Developing Foetus?


Mutations in the PAX genes lead to developmental abnormalities of organs and tissues in which they are switched on.

By Mike Eccles

A gene that is important for the development of the foetus may hold new clues to how cancer cell division gets out of control, and guide the identification of new targets for cancer therapy.

Professor Mike Eccles is NZICRT Chair in Cancer Pathology in the Department of Pathology, Dunedin School of Medicine, the University of Otago.

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