Gene clue may help treat brain cancer in children

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Genetic mutations found in brain tumors in children have opened up intriguing avenues to tackle this lethal form of cancer, researchers said on Sunday. Investigators found telltale mutations in a gene called ACVR1, which appears to play a role in a currently incurable form of childhood brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG. The mutations were found in 20 to 33% of DIPG biopsies in three different studies published in the journal Nature Genetics.

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