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Researchers link another gene to breast cancer

Posted April 27, 2015

Researchers have known for years that genetic mutations can lead to a higher incidence of breast cancer. Some celebrities have even made news with the decision to act after testing positive for the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutations.

On Monday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced the discovery of another gene, RECQL, which can increase a person's likelihood of developing breast cancer.

Research into RECQL was done by Dr. William Foulkes of McGill University in Montreal and funded in part by a $1.125 million Komen research grant.

While a commercial test for RECQL doesn't yet exist, the discovery lays the groundwork for further genetic tests that could help people understand their risk.

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