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Australia Takes Two-Step Approach on Genetic Studies

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Science  19 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5371, pp. 1831-1832
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5371.1831

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Elizabeth Finkel MELBOURNE-- Australian researchers are adding the finishing touches to an integrated national program that has won international plaudits for its design and its ability to answer the most compelling questions about breast cancer. The effort combines a nationwide study of high-risk families to track down genes associated with increased breast cancer risk and a population-based study to determine the prevalence and actual risk that such genes confer. Such combination studies are now seen as a model for understanding the genetic epidemiology of cancer.