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The complete cancer genome will allow early detection and personalized treatment of this disease

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6 Feb 20

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Various media channels have reported on the Pan-Cancer Project, which has involved the Biomedical Genomics Lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). 

The journal Nature has published a set of 23 articles that describe the most comprehensive genomic map of 38 types of cancer to date.  “It’s the first time that the complete genomes of tumours has been sequenced,” says Abel González, researcher in IRB Barcelona’s Biomedical Genomics Lab.

SER radio station has also interviewed Núria López-Bigas, head of the aforementioned lab. The researcher explains that one of the conclusions of the study is that “cancer is a genetic disease—a disease caused by gene mutations”. She goes on to say that the goal of this work is to analyse what causes tumours and to understand how cancer cells evolve.

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Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).