Recent News: Epigenetics

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In the Lab
DNA winding around histones
Research Clarifies How IDH Mutations Cause Cancer
The MSK team’s goal was to get at the underlying defects in cells that these mutations cause.
In the Lab
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Cellular “Garbage Collectors” Are Key to Cancer’s Growth
A new study suggests a way to target cancer by interfering with its system of waste removal.
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Omar Abdel-Wahab
What Is Epigenetics, and Why Is Everyone Talking about It?
The word “epigenetic” literally means “above the genes.” Calico cats demonstrate a type of epigenetic inheritance called X-inactivation.
In Brief
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Scientists Identify How Gene Mutation Drives a Deadly Childhood Cancer
Synovial sarcoma is an aggressive cancer primarily affecting children and young adults. A new study gets to the bottom of it.
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Former MSK president Paul Marks
The Man behind the Prize: How Paul Marks Shaped Modern Cancer Research
Recent advances in epigenetic and targeted therapies owe a lot to the foresight of former MSK President Paul Marks, who believed in the importance of basic research.
In the Lab
A scientist looks at illustrations of chromosomes.
When Loss Is a Gain: New Tumor Suppressor Gene Identified in Follicular Lymphoma
The reason certain patients with follicular lymphoma do worse than others may come down to a missing gene.
In the Lab
Scientists at the Sloan Kettering Institute are learning why some immune cells are stubbornly hard to revive with immunotherapy.
Why Immune Cells Sometimes Fail to Fight Cancer (and What to Do about It)
By looking at how DNA is packaged in cells, scientists are teasing apart a long-standing conundrum about the immune response to cancer.
In the Lab
MSK scientists Charles Rudin and John Poirier
Scientists Home in on Treatment Advance for Chemotherapy-Resistant Small Cell Lung Cancer
An epigenetic mechanism may make small cell lung cancer vulnerable to a new kind of attack.
Q&A
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No Sugar, No Cancer? A Look at the Evidence
A lot has been written about the relationship between sugar and cancer. Most of it is wrong.
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After Years of Neglect, Cancer Biologists Return to a Forgotten Field: Metabolism
Scientists are dusting off their biochemistry textbooks in the hunt for clues to cancer.