Largest-ever genetic study of cancer pays off

Researchers from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center are joining hundreds of scientists worldwide in reporting the discovery of more than 80 new regions of the human genome that indicate risk for breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. The milestone was announced...

Research points to chance as cause of genetic diseases in Ashkenazi Jews

A population of Jewish people known as the Ashkenazi Jews have an unusually high risk of several genetic diseases, and up until now, no one has understood why. Was it random chance that made mutations so common or did evolution play a role in keeping mutations around? The answer to this question, said researchers at Stanford University Medical Center, appears to be chance. Their findings appear in the March online issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics and in the journal’s April print edition.

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