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Hopkins-HHMI Researchers Discover A Cause And Develop Test For Familial Colorectal Cancer -- A Gene Test Is Now Available For New Mutation

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August 27, 1997
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Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
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Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have identified the first known genetic mutation that causes familial colorectal cancer (FCC).

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have identified the first known genetic mutation that causes familial colorectal cancer (FCC). The mutation causes the cancer through a completely novel mechanism once considered harmless, and is present in over one-half million Ashkenazi Jews, making it the most common cancer-related mutation now known. Using this discovery, researchers have developed a simple blood test to identify the mutation. Their findings are reported in the September 1, 1997, issue of Nature Genetics.


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Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. "Hopkins-HHMI Researchers Discover A Cause And Develop Test For Familial Colorectal Cancer -- A Gene Test Is Now Available For New Mutation." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 August 1997. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/08/970827055223.htm>.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. (1997, August 27). Hopkins-HHMI Researchers Discover A Cause And Develop Test For Familial Colorectal Cancer -- A Gene Test Is Now Available For New Mutation. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/08/970827055223.htm
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. "Hopkins-HHMI Researchers Discover A Cause And Develop Test For Familial Colorectal Cancer -- A Gene Test Is Now Available For New Mutation." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/08/970827055223.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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