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Probable eye cancer gene scrutinized.

Probable eye cancer gene scrutinized

At the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla,researchers have cloned and characterized the gene thought responsible for susceptibility to hereditary retinoblastoma, an eye cancer found in children (SN: 1/5/85, p.10). Altered genetic material--apparently due to deletions in the gene located on chromosome 13--was detected in cells taken from retinoblastomas and two other types of tumors, according to an article in the March 13 SCIENCE. The authors say their results offer "a framework for further study of . . . genetic mechanisms in human cancers.'
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Date:Mar 21, 1987
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