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Causes of cancer may leave 'fingerprints' in DNA

16 April, 2019

From smoking to alcohol, air pollution to sunlight, a host of factors in our environment can cause cancer. Now scientists say they might be able to pinpoint the culprits for individual tumours.

Experts, including Professor David Phillips and Dr Volker Arlt from the HPRU in Health Impact of Environmental Hazards, say they have managed to link particular environmental triggers with specific genetic mutations that give rise to cancer, opening up the possibility that researchers could look for clues in a tumour to deduce what triggered its formation.