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Possible genetic flag for brain cancer

Defects in two IDH genes appear unique to certain brain tumors, although the genes’ role is unclear

6:50pm, February 18, 2009

Mutations in two genes, IDH1 and IDH2, might provide markers that enable doctors to discern malignant from benign brain tumors and catch some cancers early, scientists report in the Feb. 19 New England Journal of Medicine.

The study adds to a growing list of molecular clues that doctors may ultimately use to diagnosis and treat cancers, says study coauthor D. Williams Parsons, a pediatric oncologist and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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