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Glossary

Predisposition/predisposed

Increased likelihood of developing a particular disease due to carrying one or more gene mutations and/or having a family history that indicates an increased risk of the disease. Also called genetic susceptibility.



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Gene testing in young patients may uncover 'cancer families'

08 August 2016 - by Amina Yonis

More than half of patients with sarcoma, a rare cancer, have mutations that are known to increase the risk of other types of cancer... [Read More]

Healthy lifestyle reduces risk of common breast-cancer genes

31 May 2016 - by Amina Yonis

Researchers in the USA have found that following a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer among certain women with a strong genetic disposition to the condition... [Read More]

23andMe to relaunch consumer genetic tests in the US

22 October 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Genetic testing company 23andMe is relaunching its direct-to-consumer genetic tests in the USA, after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration... [Read More]

Mutations may predict breast cancer relapse

28 September 2015 - by Neil Stoker

Researchers have identified genetic differences in breast cancers that relapse and those that do not, suggesting that the finding could be used to help doctors identify patients most at risk of their cancer returning... [Read More]

Obesity findings set precedent for GWAS research

07 September 2015 - by Dr James Heather

Recent findings linking the FTO gene to adipose cell energy use not only revealed a molecular mechanism that contributes to obesity, but they are also an exemplar of how genome-wide association study findings can make the journey to clinical relevance... [Read More]


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