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Gene link to breast cancer history questioned

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The likelihood of a woman with a family history of breast cancer carrying a germ line mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 is not as great as previously thought, according to Australian researchers. If they are right, mutation testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 in "high-risk" families is unlikely to identify more than a small proportion of all the mutation carriers in the population.

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