NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Cancer Institute has awarded University of Washington researcher Mary-Claire King a $4.2 million grant to support her use of next-generation sequencing technology to uncover the genetic causes of inherited breast and ovarian cancer.

The seven-year grant comes through the agency's Outstanding Investigator Award program. King, a Lasker Foundation Award winner, is perhaps best known for her discovery of BRCA1, a homologous recombination repair gene that significantly increases breast cancer risk when mutated.

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