tumor suppressor gene
medical Definition of tumor suppressor gene
- In some cases [of cancer], growth-inhibiting genes called tumor suppressor genes are damaged, allowing cells to proliferate unchecked.
- —Faye Flam, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 Sept. 2010
- In most human-cancer cells, there are multiple mutations—some that activate oncogenes and some that silence tumor-suppressor genes.
- —Robert A. Weinberg and Anthony L. Komaroff, Newsweek, 23 June 2008
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