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Monday, September 08, 2003

Of special interest to smokers

Israeli researchers discover genetic marker for lung cancer
A genetic marker that increases susceptibility to lung cancer in smokers by 500 to 1,000 percent has been discovered by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.

Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the findings show that smokers who carry the newly discovered genetic marker are approximately 120 times more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers who do not have the risk factor. The researchers are now developing a simple blood test based on these findings which will be able to detect smokers who are at especially high risk of developing lung cancer.
Read it all at ISRAEL21c - A Focus Beyond the Conflict.