Genome-Wide Discovery of Novel Colon Cancer Predisposing Mutations
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Cancer risk shows clear heritability, but the inherited genetic factors remain largely unknown. This project will seek to identify new genes in which mutations confer hereditary risk for early onset colorectal cancer, with important implications for both biological understanding and clinical prediction and prevention. Identifying cancer predisposing mutations can provide new biological insights and significantly impact important clinical decision making regarding treatment, surveillance and preventive approaches. Hereditary colon cancer patients commonly present to Cancer Genetics clinics, but the majority of these patients do not have identifiable mutations in known candidate genes. We have performed whole exome sequencing to discover novel colorectal cancer susceptibility genes. The patients have been recruited from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (PIs Kenneth Offit, Nathan Ellis, and Zsofia Stadler), and Case Western University and University Hospitals of Cleveland (PIs Joseph Willis and Sanford Markowitz).
All exome sequencing was performed at the Broad ... (Show More)