Cancer Genetics

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Cancer is a word we all hate to hear, especially if it comes as a diagnosis for someone we love. According to this book, more than 8 million people each year are diagnosed with cancer. There are many possible causes of cancer, and this book concentrates on genetics. Not all cancers are inherited; scientists are finding out which ones are and trying to find out which genes are responsible. Scientists have found oncogenes, cancer-causing genes. These genes are created by mutations of normal cellular genes (protogenes) that cause changes in gene structure, location, or function. This results in an overproduction of proteins in the cell, which in turn can cause cancer. Scientists have identified over 100 oncogenes and are continually undertaking research to find out more about how cancer is developed genetically. Readers will be fascinated by this intriguing book as they learn about oncogenes, tumor suppressors, chromosome abnormalities, and how inherited genes can cause cancer. Bozzone's text is enhanced by the inclusion of charts, brief biographies of cancer scientists, a glossary, and a list of other resources, including websites. This educational book would be excellent in a science, health, or nursing classroom. Part of the "Biology of Cancer" series. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791088180
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: The Biology of Cancer Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,027,538
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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