Scientists from Oulu contributed to studies identifying 72 new genetic variants contributing to breast cancer risk

Seventy-two new genetic variants that contribute to the risk of developing breast cancer have been identified by an extensive, international team of researchers. The findings were reported in the journals Nature and Nature Genetics. Genetic studies pave way for understanding the pathogenesis of breast cancer.

The findings are the result of work by the OncoArray Consortium, a huge endeavour involving 550 researchers from around 300 different institutions in six continents. In total, they analysed genetic data from 275,000 women, of whom 146,000 had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Finnish collaborators in the OncoArray Consortium are the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Helsinki, and the University of Oulu. From Biocenter Oulu, Professor Robert Winqvist and Academy Researcher Katri Pylkäs contributed to these studies.

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Last updated: 27.10.2017