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Research team finds a new breast cancer susceptibility gene

  • Posted: March 30, 2012

A team of researchers led by co-principal investigators from the Hunstman Cancer Institute, the University of Utah, and the University of Melbourne, Australia, have found that mutations in a gene called XRCC2 cause increased breast cancer risk, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The study looked at families that have a history of the disease but do not have mutations in the currently known breast cancer susceptibility genes.

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