Tumor Suppressor Genes
Published Online: 27 JAN 2006
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How to Cite
Hooper, M. L. 2006. Tumor Suppressor Genes. eLS. .
- Published Online: 27 JAN 2006
When functioning normally, a tumor suppressor gene prevents the formation of one or more types of cancer. Mutations in tumor suppressor genes that interfere with their function can be inherited in the germ line or can occur in somatic cells; the accumulation of such mutations can allow cancer to develop.
- cancer genetics