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Perspectives on the expansion of human precision oncology and genomic approaches to sea turtle fibropapillomatosis

Published on Feb 7, 2019
· DOI :10.1038/s42003-019-0301-1
David J. Duffy (Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience), Mark Q. Martindale58
Estimated H-index: 58
(Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience)
Our recent Communications Biology research article revealed the genomic drivers and therapeutic vulnerabilities of sea turtle fibropapillomatosis tumors. Fibropapillomatosis is a debilitating tumorous disease afflicting populations of green sea turtles globally. While a virus is involved in the development of this disease, it is increasingly understood that the key trigger is linked to anthropogenic disturbances of the environment. The specific environmental co-trigger(s) has yet to be functionally confirmed. Here we outline the next steps required to advance our understanding of this enigmatic disease, to enable us to more effectively clinically combat it and to ultimately tackle its environmental co-trigger to halt and hopefully reverse the spread of fibropapillomatosis.
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Mathew Seymour10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Bangor University),
Isabelle Durance17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Cardiff University)
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Estimated H-index: 17
(USYD: University of Sydney)
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Estimated H-index: 8
(Bangor University),
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Estimated H-index: 16
(UF: University of Florida)
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Estimated H-index: 1
(Marathon Oil)
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Estimated H-index: 25
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis),
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Estimated H-index: 13
(MSU: Michigan State University)
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Estimated H-index: 14
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis)
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(JCU: James Cook University),
Alicia Maclaine2
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(JCU: James Cook University)
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Estimated H-index: 13
(JCU: James Cook University)
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(University of Exeter),
Tuul Sepp12
Estimated H-index: 12
(ASU: Arizona State University)
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Estimated H-index: 40
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(University of Cambridge),
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Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Cambridge)
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Estimated H-index: 17
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
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(USGS: United States Geological Survey),
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Estimated H-index: 20
(USGS: United States Geological Survey)
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Estimated H-index: 10
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(UCD: University College Dublin)
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(UCD: University College Dublin)
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Caspar A. Hallmann7
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(Radboud University Nijmegen),
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 32
(USGS: United States Geological Survey),
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Estimated H-index: 5
(USGS: United States Geological Survey)
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Estimated H-index: 37
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