Research into rare disease leads to discovery of six new breast cancer-susceptibility genes
A decade of research into one of the world's least-known diseases has resulted in a major advance against one of the best-known: the discovery of six genes linked to inherited breast cancer. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital Boston investigators report in Science on June 13 that an error in any of the half-dozen genes involved in Fanconi anemia – a rare childhood condition – can increase an individual's chances of developing breast cancer.
National Institutes of Health, Fanconi Anemia Research Foundation
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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