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Unraveling the Complexities of BRCA-Related Breast and Ovarian Cancers

The BRCA1 (BReast CAncer gene 1) and BRCA2 are genes that produce proteins crucial for DNA repair. Women with inactivating mutations in BRCA genes face elevated lifetime risks of recurrent breast and ovarian cancers. Dr. Katherine L. Nathanson of the University of Pennsylvania discusses the complexities of BRCA related breast & ovarian cancers, ongoing research and the potential avenues for future breakthroughs.

Penn Medicine BioBank featured in Philadelphia Inquirer- Health

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer - Health (Penn Medicine BioBank) More than 260,000 people have signed up to participate in the project, called Penn Medicine BioBank,agreeing to have their samples stored in secure, negative-80 degree freezers. By cross-referencing participants’ DNA with their electronic health records,researchers have discovered genetic variants related to heart disease, hearing loss, diabetes, glaucoma, and muscular dystrophy, among other conditions.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Research Institute

We strive to increase patient care options through new drugs and devices not yet available to the general public. We support investigators as they work to improve and advance medical care, while ensuring that all our research remains safe for patients and other study participants.