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A team at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, have found a new technique for measuring the diversity within cancer cells. The technique showed extraordinary differences between cancerous cells and researchers believe new targeted drugs may fail as they may be unable to kill all the mutated tissue. Experts say the findings would have profound implications for treatments. Researcher Professor Mel Greaves, says, "This has huge implications for medicine... Every patient has a completely new tree and doesn't have one cancer, they have multiple cancers. This is really a technical advance to get at this extraordinary complex diversity, it helps explain why we have such difficulty with advanced diseases."
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