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Singapore scientists uncover gene associated with aggressive breast cancer

1 December 2014


SINGAPORE: Scientists at Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*STAR) Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), in collaboration with local clinicians and colleagues in the USA, have identified a biomarker strongly associated with the aggressive triple negative breast cancer (TNBC).


Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is deadlier compared to other types of breast cancer because TNBC tumours do not respond to targeted therapy. The study is the result of intensive collaboration with both local and international colleagues. 


"With a better understanding of the genetic makeup of tumours, it is now recognised that breast cancer comprises a diverse mix of tumours. This explains why not everyone with tumours of the same disease stage responds the same way to similar treatment,” said Dr Tan Ern Yu, Consultant, Breast Clinic @TTSH, who was also involved in the study. 


Source: Channel NewsAsia