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Breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are tumour suppressor genes the alleles of which have to be inactivated before tumour development occurs. Hereditary breast cancers linked to germ-line mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes almost invariably show allelic imbalance (AI) at the respective loci. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are believed to take part in a(More)
Inactivation of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer susceptibility genes has been reported to occur via a germ-line mutation of one allele and a somatic loss of the remaining wild-type allele. We investigated the genetic mechanisms behind the second event in breast tumors from 17 BRCA1 and eight BRCA2 germ-line mutation carriers, as compared with 21 sporadic(More)
NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering , and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special(More)
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