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UCT scientists discover new way of identifying cancer

The team discovered a genetic bio-marker for cancer by identifying different cancer types' genetic pattern.

Picture: Twitter @Claudiamolda.

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists have discovered a new way of identifying specific types of cancer.

The team has discovered a genetic bio-marker for cancer by identifying different cancer types' specific genetic pattern.

The ground-breaking discovery can be used for accurate early diagnosis and targeted treatment, which could lead to better chances for a patient's survival.

One of the head researchers, Professor Kevin Naidoo, says their biggest focus was on the difference between normal cells and tumorous cells, and how their genes compared.

"The way we did that was to analyse a sub-set of genes that are responsible for the levels of concentration of certain enzymes and those enzymes modify a thick layer of carbohydrates that sit around cells."

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