The Genes of Life and Death: A Potential Role for Placental-Specific Genes in Cancer: Active retrotransposons in the placenta encode unique functional genes that may also be used by cancer cells to promote malignancy.

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The placenta invades the adjacent uterus and controls the maternal immune system, like a cancer invades surrounding organs and suppresses the local immune response. Intriguingly, placental and cancer cells are globally hypomethylated and share an epigenetic phenomenon that is not well understood - they fail to silence repetitive DNA sequences… (More)
DOI: 10.1002/bies.201700091

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