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What is Genomics?

Genomics – in general – is the study of a complete set of genetic material (DNA), and when it comes to cancer research, studying DNA is crucial. Cancer develops when DNA becomes damaged or changed. Some cancer-causing genetic changes are inherited, while some come from exposure to chemicals (such as those in cigarette smoke), radiation, certain microbes or other environmental factors. Studying cancer genomics involves exploring the differences between cancer cells and normal cells.
There’s a paradigm shift taking place: We’re moving from an organ-focused (type of cancer) approach to a gene-focused approach. This shift is already having a profound effect on the way cancer is treated and allows doctors to provide more individualized options for patients (also known as precision medicine or precision oncology).

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Researchers Working On Genomics

Paul Schimmel, Ph.D.
Scripps Research
Wei Zhang, Ph.D.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Daniel A. Haber, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Daniel Von Hoff, M.D
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
James P. Basilion, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Webster K. Cavenee, Ph. D.
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
Danny R. Welch, Ph.D.
University of Kansas Cancer Center
Ronald A. DePinho, M.D.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ronald A. DePinho, M.D. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Cesare Spadoni, Ph.D.
University of London
Alice T. Shaw, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Laurence Hurley, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

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