Department of Oncology, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia
Received: 01-Mar-2023, Manuscript No. MCO-23-93885; Editor assigned: 03-Mar-2023, PreQC No. MCO-23-93885(PQ); Reviewed: 17-Mar-2023, QC No. MCO-23-93885; Revised: 24-Mar-2023, Manuscript No. MCO-23-93885(R); Published: 31-Mar-2023, DOI: 10.4172/medclinoncol.7.1.007
Citation: Berhe N. Factors Involved in Genetic Alteration Leading to Generation of Cancer Cells in Humans. Med Clin Oncol. 2023;7:007
Copyright: © 2023 Berhe N. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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