Cambridge researchers map all genes that can cause breast cancer

A study was published in the Journal of Nature and Genetics earlier this week by Cambridge scientists who mapped the genes that cause breast cancer.

In response to this study, Professor Ephrat Levy-Lahad, Director of the Fuld Family Department of Genetics in Shaare Zedek Medical Center who is considered a leading expert in genetics associated with breast cancer said, “Gene profiling of all cancer patients will inevitably be a part of oncology treatment in the future… It is an important discovery…The team analyzed the tumors themselves. Only about 10% of the breast tumors they looked at were hereditary…The next obvious step in oncology is to map genomes of cancer patients…However, the first step in dealing with cancer remains examining the pathology, not gene profiling.”

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