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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Systems genetics analysis of cancer susceptibility

An interesting new review focusing on interactions.

Quigley D, Balmain A. Systems genetics analysis of cancer susceptibility: from mouse models to humans. Nat Rev Genet. 2009, in press. [PubMed]

Abstract

Genetic studies of cancer susceptibility have shown that most heritable risk cannot be explained by the main effects of common alleles. This may be due to unknown gene-gene or gene-environment interactions and the complex roles of many genes at different stages of cancer. Studies using mouse models of cancer suggest that methods that integrate genetic analysis and genomic networks with knowledge of cancer biology can help to extend our understanding of heritable cancer susceptibility.

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