Every gene can (and possibly will) be associated with cancer

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A PubMed analysis shows that the vast majority of human genes have been studied in the context of cancer. As such, the study of nearly any human gene can be justified based on existing literature by its potential relevance to cancer. Moreover, these results have implications for analyzing and interpreting large-scale analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-217
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Genetics
Issue number3
Early online date27 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Work in my lab is supported by grants from the Wellcome Trust ( 208375/Z/17/Z ), LongeCity and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council ( BB/R014949/1 ). I am also grateful to Ines Lopes for assistance with retrieving data from PubMed and making the figures.

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  • genetics
  • network biology
  • oncology
  • research
  • science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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