|Awarded On||May 20, 2015|
|Title||Precision Oncology Decision Support Core|
|Award Mechanism||Core Facility Support Awards|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Funda Meric-Bernstam|
|Cancer Sites||All Sites|
Each day more than 100 Texans lose their battle with cancer. Often, the cause of their cancer can be linked to changes in the 6 billion chemical letters that make up the DNA genetic code. In most of the cells of our body, the genetic code- just like our alphabet that form the words on this page- creates a correct instruction manual for the cells that create our organs and bodies. In tumor cells, errors in the genetic code called mutations tell cells to grow faster, live longer or otherwise change their behavior. Some mutations are inherited causing a higher risk of developing cancer. Many important changes are only found in the tumor. Based on recent exciting scientific advances, some of the...