Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 27, 2007
First confirmed common genetic risk factors for breast cancer
The most powerful genetic analysis of the DNA codes of over 40,000 women has uncovered five common genetic variants that increase an individual's risk for breast cancer.The five genetic variants occur more frequently among women with breast cancer than do BRCA and the other previously identified breast cancer susceptibility genes.

'Smart' mice teach scientists about learning process, brain disorders
Mice genetically engineered to lack a single enzyme in their brains are more adept at learning than their normal cousins, and are quicker to figure out that their environment has changed, a team led by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center has found.
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