Briefly World: Gene mutations that cause brain tumour in children identified

Scientists claimed to have identified several gene mutations responsible for the most common childhood brain tumour

Written by Agencies | Published: July 24, 2012 1:11:52 am

Gene mutations that cause brain tumour in children identified

WASHINGTON: Scientists claimed to have identified several gene mutations responsible for the most common childhood brain tumour. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have successfully stratified medulloblastomas,most common brain tumour in children genomically,and recognised what gene mutations drive each molecular subtype. This will allow classification and treatment of medulloblastoma based on molecular typing.

Pakistan: US drone kills 12 suspected militants

MIRANSHAH: US drone aircraft struck a militant hideout in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan on Monday,killing at least 12 suspected militants,Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The drones fired several missiles at a compound in the Shawal area of the North Waziristan tribal region. Two suspected militants were wounded in the strike,officials added.

Shawal is a remote area of forested ridges and valleys spreading out on both sides of the border.

Plane makes emergency landing on US highway

LOS ANGELES: A small executive plane carrying four people made an emergency landing on a southern Californian highway. Dodging oncoming traffic,the aircraft in an apparent distress landed on Interstate 15 in Escondido,about 48 km north of San Diego. Seattle Times quoting Californian highway patrol said the aircraft managed to safely park on the highway and there were no injuries to the occupants.

Arabs back global probe over Arafat poison claim

DOHA: Arab officials meeting in Doha have approved an international probe into Yasser Arafat’s death,after a report said he may have been poisoned,senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat said. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas “proposed forming an international investigative commission on the martyrdom of (former) president Arafat”.

The Dark Knight Rises reportedly earns $160 mn

LOS ANGELES: The Dark Knight Rises was on track to earn $160 million,a record for 2-D films,over the weekend following a mass shooting at a Colorado screening of the Batman film. Citing box office insiders,Los Angeles Times,New York Times and others reported that the latest Batman sequel earned $160 to $162 million.

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