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Is it possible to identify the first cell to mutate in cancer?

Sun, 4th Oct 2009

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David Grombach asked:

Is it possible to identify the first cell to mutate in cancer, like the ground zero for cancer, if you will?

Answer

Kat - No. It probably isnít. Cancer cells are so mutated, it would be virtually impossible to go all the way back and in some cases, the original cell may not even be there.

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David M. Gronbach asked the Naked Scientists: Cancer Question.... † During 9/11, we refer to the site of the World Trade Center as "ground zero" † When an epidemic starts, we refer to "Patient Zero" † When a cancer starts, have we been able to identify "Cell Zero?" What do you think? David M. Gronbach , Wed, 9th Sep 2009

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