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Survival of the Fittest, and Their Neighbor

Passenger Mutations: Cancer's Backseat and Backward Drivers

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Friday, February 8, 2013

The current thinking about mutations in cancer cells holds that there are two types – driver mutations that are behind cancer growth because they give tumor cells a growth advantage, and passenger mutations that are along for the ride. "Historically, passenger mutations have been largely ignored," Leonid Mirny told BioWorld Today.

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