Scientists believe they have uncovered all major genes linked to bowel cancer

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According to a study by London’s Institute of Cancer Research, researchers have identified five genes that appear to cause bowel cancer and concluded that there are unlikely to be any further major bowel cancer genes beyond the 17 that have now been found.

According to Professor Richard Houlston, the study’s lead author, this was the largest study ever conducted of the genetics of bowel cancer and its findings set out a detailed map of the diseases that could lead us to new ways of treating or preventing it.

However, Houlston understands that there is still more work to be done. He stated: “The research closes one chapter in the study of bowel cancer, by concluding that all the major risk genes have now been found. But it opens another by underlining the importance of tracking down the many missing genetic variations which each have a very small effect alone, but together make the biggest impacts on inherited risk.”

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