Immunity proteins can potentially cause cancer

A set of proteins involved in the body’s natural defenses produces a large number of mutations in human DNA, according to a study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

The study’s authors examined approximately one million mutations in 2,680 cancer samples, and found that, in some tumors, nearly 70% of mutations in a given specimen resulted from mutagenesis.

The mutation pattern, which appeared in clusters and individual mutations, could affect many cancer-associated genes.

The findings suggest that these naturally produced mutations are just as powerful as known cancer-causing agents in producing tumors.

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