Such a Threat

Steven Salzberg at the University of Maryland has developed a computational screen for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and has made the software freely available. In this proof-of-concept paper in Genome Biology, Salzberg and his colleague Mihaela Pertea write that the screen tests for 68 known mutations in those genes and the researchers demonstrate it on three publicly available DNA sequences.

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