More Than Bit Players: Snippets of RNA might sway pancreatic cancer

By Nathan Seppa, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

Cancer of the pancreas is one of the most discouraging diagnoses that a person can receive. The cancer is difficult to detect, so many patients are diagnosed too late for surgical treatment. The majority die within a year of getting the bad news, and only 5 percent survive for 5 years.

Researchers now find that small pieces of genetic material called microRNAs might provide a preview of a tumor's aggressiveness and offer targets for combating the disease.

While the majority of genes supply blu...

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