British find another breast cancer gene

01/1/2007 | BBC

Institute of Cancer Research scientists say women carrying a damaged copy of the gene PALB2 have more than double the risk of breast cancer, and two damaged copies appear to cause a serious childhood blood disorder, Fanconi anemia. The PALB2 gene's job is to repair mutant DNA, and a damaged gene can allow other genetic damage to build, possibly leading to cancer.

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