How ionizing radiation damages DNA and causes cancer

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 09:31 in Biology & Nature

For the first time, researchers have been able to identify in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionizing radiation. These fingerprint patterns may now enable doctors to identify which tumors have been caused by radiation, and investigate if they should be treated differently. The results will also help to explain how radiation can cause cancer.

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