DNA arrays used in U.K. cancer project

Sept. 26, 2002 — British scientists will use DNA microarrays in a project to fight leukemia and other cancers, according to a news release.

Scientists at the Medical Research Council’s Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre near Cambridge will use the microarrays to map thousands of genes that are turned on at each stage of blood development. The Leukemia Research Fund, which is sponsoring the project, believes understanding why genes tell cells to behave in a certain way is the key to finding means of preventing disease, the report said.

Researchers say they hope the effort will improve disease diagnosis and treatment.

The project will collect and analyze samples from researchers across Britain and in return these scientists will be given back information on specific diseases.


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