NTU researchers identify lung cancer-related genome mutation

Want China Times
Date: 2015-08-07

A research team from National Taiwan University (NTU) has succeeded in identifying a

The NTU research team pose for a photo. (Photo/Lin Yi-hui)

The NTU research team pose for a photo. (Photo/Lin Yi-hui)

genome mutation highly correlated with lung cancer using rapid whole-genome sequencing technology, and the discovery can improve the diagnosis of early-stage lung cancer.

At a press briefing Thursday, researchers said that lung cancer remained the No. 1 killer among all diseases in Taiwan. Most lung cancers are first diagnosed based on symptoms, but symptoms of early-stage lung cancer are not very specific, thus causing difficulties in screening.

At the moment, the only method to identify groups with a high risk of developing lung cancer is resorting to familial penetrance.

In order to identify the risk factors, the research team conducted a study of a family with an atypically high density of lung cancer. By analyzing the data collected in the process of conducting rapid whole-genome sequencing of family members, the researchers succeeded in identifying a key genome mutation.     [FULL  STORY]

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