Two-thirds of cancers a matter of bad luck? Not so fast

January 3, 2015 8:34 PM

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“Two thirds of cancers are due to bad luck,” or some variation of this, is the cancer-related headline of the moment.

It comes from a newly published paper in the journal Science. The study, by Bert Vogelstein and Cristian Tomasetti of Johns Hopkins University, used mathematical models to look at the mutations occurring during stem cell divisions within 31 types of body tissues. What the researchers found is that, ...

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