Genetic Models Of Cancer Development And Treatment

Grant number: 350316

Abstract

We are taking advantage of the powerful genetic tools in fruit flies to study the genetics of cancer. 72% of cancer genes are conserved between humans and fruit flies, making it a particularly suitable system. This project has two main aims: 1- to build tumours in fruit flies in an effort to understand better the individual genetic lesions that contribute to cancer It takes on average 4-7 mutations for a tumour to develop. While many genes associated with cancer have been identified, there are many more that have not. What is more, it is still not clear precisely what mutations are responsible for a given tumour as tumours contain many genetic lesions most of which are incidental. We have a ..

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