Researchers map DNA of cancer patient

November 5, 2008 5:11:44 PM PST
Researchers say for the first time ever, they've mapped the complete DNA sequence of a cancer patient.

Scientists at Washington University compared cancer cells taken from a middle aged woman with leukemia, with the woman's own healthy skin cells.

They found 10 mutations, eight of them previously unknown.

Researchers hope the newly discovered genes will give them more ways to attack the cancer in the future. The findings were reported in the latest issue of "Nature".