Unique vulnerabilities in tumors that have undergone whole-genome doubling

A study led by Neil Ganem and his graduate student Ryan Quinton was published in Nature. Genomic characteristics of tumors that have undergone whole-genome doubling (WGD) were explored and a novel vulnerability was identified in the gene KIF18A using the Broad’s Dependency Map data. KIF18A encodes a mitotic kinesin protein and was required for viability of tumors with WGD. Yusuke Koga and Josh Campbell contributed to the study by aiding in the analysis of the DepMap and TCGA data.

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