Harnessing transposons for cancer gene discovery

  title={Harnessing transposons for cancer gene discovery},
  author={Neal G. Copeland and Nancy A. Jenkins},
  journal={Nature Reviews Cancer},
Recently, it has become possible to mobilize the Tc1/mariner transposon, Sleeping Beauty (SB), in mouse somatic cells at frequencies high enough to induce cancer. Tumours result from SB insertional mutagenesis of cancer genes, thus facilitating the identification of the genes and signalling pathways that drive tumour formation. A conditional SB transposition system has also been developed that makes it possible to limit where SB mutagenesis occurs, providing a means to selectively model many… CONTINUE READING


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