As many as 26 new lung cancer genes have been identified by scientists that when mutated, promote the growth of adenocarcinomas.
The findings come as a result of a huge study by scientists working at institutions in America and Germany, and are part of the largest lung cancer gene trial ever to be performed.
Before this most recent discovery, it was believed that there were only 13 genes linked to this common form of lung cancer, but now that new genes have been identified, the scientists hope that new treatments can be figured out to treat the disease.
To reach their findings, the scientists analyzed lung cancer samples from more than 180 donors, and then compared them to a list of more than 620 suspect genes.
They were able to pinpoint 26 gene mutations that were never before linked to the presence of lung cancer.
Their study can be found in the journal Nature.