As you read this article, the cells in your body are dividing and the DNA in them is being copied, letter by letter. So long is the human genome—more than 3 billion letters—that even an astonishingly low error rate of one in many million letters could amount to 10 new mutations every time a cell divides.
Two-thirds of all cancers are caused by DNA replication errors, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. But don't light a celebratory cigarette just yet.
According to a new study, cancer and random mutations are linked over ⅔ of the time. You have no practical control over that mutation risk.
In these pages I have oft referred to cancers as diseases of genes and mutations. That is, mistakes or mutations that develop or accumulate in our DNA can sometimes lead to the onset and development of diseases like cancer. Does that mean that cancer is inherited?
By searching the church's famed family trees, scientists have tracked down a cancer-causing mutation that came west with a pioneer couple—just in time to save the lives of their great-great-great-grea
The startling discovery that hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have a genetic mutation that undermines their ability to resist cancer is helping labs worldwide in their search for new treatments for
This film tells the story of a family with a strong history of breast cancer and explains how genetics and lifestyle influence how likely someone is to get the disease