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New study isolates gene with links to ovarian cancer

9th August 2011

A new study has discovered a specific gene that may play a role in the development of ovarian cancer, potentially opening the door for new treatments.

Institute of Cancer Research scientists have conducted a study involving DNA from women from 911 families with histories of ovarian and breast cancer, comparing genetic information to a control group of 1,060 people.

It was found that faults relating to the RAD51D gene – which is important to the body's ability to repair damaged DNA – were far more common among cancer patients than healthy subjects.

Researchers have suggested that this information can be used to establish cancer risk factors among patients, while drugs targeting this gene could be utilised to combat the disease.

Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK's chief executive, said: "This landmark discovery is another piece of the jigsaw deepening our understanding of the disease."

Earlier this year, the organisation published a study showing that faults relating to the p53 gene could be used to predict the success of ovarian cancer treatment regimens.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800694308-ADNFCR

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