Researchers map out cancer patient's genome

November 5, 2008 2:14:22 PM PST
Scientists say they have decoded the complete DNA sequence of a person with acute myeloid leukemia. Doctors say this is a big deal because it is now possible to detect individual genetic differences for each case of cancer.

For the research, scientists at the Washington School of Medicine compared healthy cells and cancerous cells from a single patient. The results turned up 10 mutated genes linked to the cancer. Only two have been implicated previously.

Researchers are hoping the newly discovered genes will give them more ways to attack the cancer in the future.

There's more on this research in the journal Nature.