NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of researchers from Canada and Poland has uncovered variants in the RECQL gene that are linked to breast cancer susceptibility.

A team led by the University of Toronto's Mohammad Akbari performed whole-exome sequencing on 195 patients with familial breast cancer from Polish and French-Canadian founder populations. From this, the researchers uncovered rare, recurrent RECQL gene mutations in both populations that they then confirmed in some 25,000 additional cases and controls, as they reported in Nature Genetics today.

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