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September 18, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 18


Lung Cancer Genome Surveys Find Many Potential Drug Targets

Illustration of a man's upper body showing the lungs

Five new studies have identified genetic and epigenetic alterations in hundreds of lung tumors, including many changes that could be targeted by drugs that are already available or in clinical testing.

The reports, all published this month, included genomic information on more than 400 lung tumors. In addition to confirming genetic alterations previously tied to lung cancer, the studies identified other changes that may play a role in the disease. Read more > >


Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard KohChanging Social Norms about Tobacco Use, One Campus at a Time

by Dr. Howard Koh

The assistant secretary for health describes efforts to by the Department of Health and Human Services to reduce tobacco use among young adults.

Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos

A Conversation with Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos about ENCODE and Cancer Research

The University of Washington oncologist and ENCODE investigator discusses the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) results and what they could mean for cancer research.




  • AHRQ Update

    • Task Force Reaffirms Recommendation against Ovarian Cancer Screening
  • FDA Update

    • FDA Approves Imaging Agent that Helps Detect Prostate Cancer
    • Drug for Advanced Prostate Cancer Approved
    • FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Notes

    • Cancer Classroom Webinar: Culture and Literacy
    • Call for Applications: NCI Clinical Assay Development Program
    • New Brochure Educates Patients about Biospecimen Donation


    Containers used in the GTEx PAXgene tissue preservation system (Image from the National Disease Research Interchange GTEx Team)

    Cancer Research Now: Building a Biobank

    Researchers with the NCI cancer Human Biobank describe how donated tissue is collected, processed, shipped, and analyzed for the Genotype-Tissue Expression project.
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