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I like that the authors made sure to note that there were no immediate clinical applications. Yea for not overselling your work!
Then why are they making a press release of it! I really don't understand press releases...
Because at this point it's an interesting discovery. They were just responsible enough to ward of some intrepid journalist from going crazy.
This may aid in prognostics for breast cancer. Many patients tumors are molecularly profiled with a commercial test called Oncotype. It tests everything from BRCA mutations, to her2/neu amplifications/hormone receptor status.
I completely understand why they did this study and I appreciate the implications of the work. My issue is specifically with the fact that it was made into a press release. Why does this have to be publicized?
That was my point too Jane! How do universities decide to release statements about any given research?
I agree, it is an interesting artcile and it was good that they published it. Maybe other research labs can take something out of this finding and make more progress to putting it into clinical trials.