Tumor Tell-All

Unraveling complex genetic stories in cancer cells may lead to personalized treatment

By Tina Hesman Saey, 10:23 AM September 8, 2011

Tumors are ugly. But the staff at Massachusetts General Hospital takes a snapshot of almost every one that crosses the doorstep.

These snapshots are not photographs, but are rather whole rap sheets on the genetic deformities that twist normal cells into cancerous ones. In a laboratory tucked within the labyrinth of corridors connecting the hospital’s many buildings, researchers punch tiny cores no bigger than a grain of rice from tumor samples. Those cores are handed off to robots and teste...

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