Published in Cancer Weekly, March 22nd, 2005
Scientists searching for genes that go awry and cause disease can use the NCI database as a crucial point of reference because it pinpoints which genes are expressed in many of the body's major organs under normal conditions (without known disease). Scientists can compare the genes from their own biological samples to this dictionary of normal expression.
"Genes identified by the database as abnormally active in a particular disease could become potential targets,...
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