February 8, 2002
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Scientists in Australia have discovered a new gene. Called BRCA3, this genetic mutation causes up to 10% of the breast cancer cases which run within families. This breakthrough completes the search for the trilogy of gene mutations. The first two gene mutation markers were discovered in 1994 and 1995 respectively.
posted by lucien (1 comment total)
The discovery of the third gene marker will enable women who have a family history of breast cancer to be screened for all three gene mutations which may cause the disease. This research will now allow scientists to concentrate on the discovery of other risk factors.
posted by lucien at 5:46 AM on February 8, 2002

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