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Dartmouth researchers find that a mutation to BRCA2 gene can double the risk of lung cancer in smokers

  • Posted: June 3, 2014

New research by an international group of scientists confirms a vulnerability to lung cancer can be inherited and implicates the BRCA2 gene as harboring one of the involved genetic mutations.

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