Cancer caused by asbestos exposure due to multiple cell mutations, study finds

December 4, 2014 11:00 AM

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Cancer caused by asbestos exposure due to multiple cell mutations, study finds

Asbestos is a mineral formerly used in building construction, and exposure to its fibers has been linked to a rare form of cancer called malignant mesothelioma.

While most cancers are thought to be monoclonal— or caused by mutations in a single cell— researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center have analyzed biopsies and found that malignant mesothelioma is likely caused by mutations in multiple cells.

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