New Discovery Could Uncover 'Missing Link' in Genetics

“Researchers believe that susceptibility to common diseases stems from a combination of common genetic variants and a variety of rare genetic mutations. But this only accounts for a small proportion of potential heritable risk factors for disease. Now, new research has discovered that some genetic variants could indicate the presence of rare genetic mutations that have yet to be discovered, which may contribute to the risk of common diseases.”

Editor’s Note: While this story is about genetics as it relates to cancer risk, genetics can also provide valuable information to guide treatment. Interested readers might look into the following tests, which are just a few of several molecular/genetic tests to guide prostate cancer treatment: Oncotype DX, Prolaris, and PCA3.