Genetic Risk Factors for Testicular Cancer
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently discovered four genetic variations strongly linked to an increased risk of testicular cancer.
The gene variants were identified after researchers performed a meta-analysis of the genomes of more than 13,000 men. The results showed men’s testicular germ cell tumor risk was linked to markers at four loci, which is a chromosomal position of a gene.
Finding these variants, “represent a promising path to stratifying patients into risk groups for a disease we know is highly heritable,” Katherine Nathanson, MD, Associate Professor in the division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics, was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2013/05/nathanson/.
Source: Nature Genetics, May 2013
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