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Molecular Oncogenesis

  • Jennifer L. Hunt
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Part of the Molecular Pathology Library book series (MPLB, volume 3)

Abstract

Oncogenesis in all organ systems is generally considered to be an extremely complex process, with poorly understood etiology and drivers. There is substantial evidence that much of carcinogenesis is driven by changes at the molecular level, at the DNA, RNA, or the protein expression level. New evidence also suggests that alterations in small RNA molecules (microRNA) can contribute to carcinogenesis, though this process is incompletely understood. Finally, environmental, nutritional, and external factors are almost certainly linked to carcinogenesis in some organ systems. It is precisely because of the complexity in all of these widely divergent drivers of carcinogenesis that we continue to search for the causes of cancer in most organ systems.

Keywords

Thyroid Cancer Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Short Tandem Repeat Paraffin Embed Tissue Short Tandem Repeat Locus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer L. Hunt
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  1. 1.Department of PathologyHarvard Medical School, Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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