Localization of a breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA2, to chromosome 13q12-13

Richard Wooster, Susan L. Neuhausen, Jonathan Mangion, Yvette Quirk, Deborah Ford, Nadine Collins, Kim Nguyen, Sheila Seal, Thao Tran, Diane Averill, Patty Fields, Gill Marshall, Steven Narod, Gilbert M. Lenoir, Henry Lynch, Jean Feunteun, Peter Devilee, Cees J. Cornelisse, Fred H. Menko, Peter A. DalyWilma Ormiston, Ross McManus, Carole Pye, Cathryn M. Lewis, Lisa A. Cannon-Albright, Julian Peto, Bruce A.J. Ponder, Mark H. Skolnick, Douglas F. Easton, David E. Goldgar, Michael R. Stratton

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A small proportion of breast cancer, in particular those cases arising at a young age, is due to the inheritance of dominant susceptibility genes conferring a high risk of the disease. A genomic linkage search was performed with 15 high-risk breast cancer families that were unlinked to the BRCA1 locus on chromosome 17q21. This analysis localized a second breast cancer susceptibility locus, BRCA2, to a 6-centimorgan interval on chromosome 13q12-13. Preliminary evidence suggests that BRCA2 confers a high risk of breast cancer but, unlike BRCA1, does not confer a substantially elevated risk of ovarian cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2088-2090
Number of pages3
Issue number5181
StatePublished - 30 Sep 1994
Externally publishedYes


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