Massive DNA study

A group of UK scientists studied the entire genetic composition of 12,000 tumors from NHS patients and uncovered 58 novel mutations

 Data from the 100,000 Genomes Project was utilised by the team, which included scientists from Cambridge University Hospitals and the University of Cambridge. 

 This is a British project to sequence the whole genomes of cancer and uncommon illness patients.

Professor Serena Nik-Zainal, the study's leader, said the massive quantity of data her team worked with allowed them .

To find patterns in the genetic abnormalities or "mutational signatures" detected in the tumors.

They were able to confirm that 58 of the mutational signs they discovered were correct by comparing their findings to those of other researchers.

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