NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A Chinese research team has uncovered new germline contributors to esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) risk, including a low-frequency change to the CYP26B1 cytochrome P450 drug metabolism gene that appears to affect blood serum levels of a tumor suppressor called all-trans retinoic acid (atRA). 

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