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Genetic Analysis of Remote Population May Advance Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment

There are people living in remote regions of the Andes who have been relatively isolated for more than 500 years. Their homogeneity and long lines of ancestors make these populations excellent subjects for genetics research. The region already is the center of important research, including the world’s largest chemoprevention trial for Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past 5 years, I have studied these remote populations, looking for genetic mutations that may signal a higher risk for cancer—information that also can be used to develop genetic screening tests for cancer risk and to explore new avenues for development of targeted therapies

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