Results about: cancer driver

Errors made by 'DNA spellchecker’ revealed as important cause of cancer

Fran Supek (IRB Barcelona) and Ben Lehner (CRG) identify important processes that create mutations that cause cancer by studying the genomes of more than 1,000 tumors.

Many mutations in human cancers are caused by mistakes made by a repair mechanism or ‘DNA spellchecker’ rather than the actual damage to DNA caused by the environment.

Sunlight and alcohol consumption increase the rate at which this happens, resulting in more mutations in the most important parts of our genomes.

 

Núria López-Bigas: "We look for cancer driver genes in tumours from patients"

In the video "Looking for a needle in a haystack", ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona describes her work at the front of the Biomedical Genomics laboratory.

The group’s interests range from deciphering the basic biology of cancer to the development of useful tools for the diagnosis and personalised treatment of patients.