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Alkylating agents are a class of chemotherapy drugs that bind to DNA and prevent proper DNA replication. They have chemical groups that can form permanent covalent bonds with nucleophilic substances in the DNA.
Alkylating agents are used as part of chemotherapy in different types of cancers.
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