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Oncogene. 2006 Mar 13;25(11):1594-601.

Using high-throughput SNP technologies to study cancer.

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  • 1Cetek Corporation, Marlborough, MA, USA.


Identifying genes involved in the development of cancer is crucial to fully understanding cancer biology, for developing novel therapeutics for cancer treatment and for providing methods for cancer prevention and early diagnosis. The use of polymorphic markers, in particular single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), promises to provide a comprehensive tool for analysing the human genome and identifying those genes and genomic regions contributing to the cancer phenotype. This review summarizes the various analytical methodologies in which SNPs are used and presents examples of how each of these methodologies have been used to locate genes and genomic regions of interest for various cancer types. Additionally many of the current SNP-analysing technologies will be reviewed with particular attention paid to the advantages and disadvantages of each and how each technology can be applied to the analysis of the genome for identifying cancer-related genes.

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