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Archive | August, 2015

Chromosome 7

New strategy uses PCR to improve detection of mutations in hereditary colorectal cancer

Using next generation genetic techniques and PCR could help doctors identify people with Lynch syndrome caused by a mutation in the PMS2 gene. The results are published in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer or HNPCC), is usually caused by heterozygous germline mutations in the DNA mismatch […]

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Chromosome 9

PCR helps find the genetic roots of adolescent scoliosis

A team of Japanese researchers have used PCR to help to uncover genetic clues to the cause of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, a disease that causes curvature of the spine. The results are published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity, and has no known cause. It […]

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