Following The Family Tree To Understand Cancer

Dr. Lisa Cannon-Albright helped discover the hereditary breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 as well as a gene that predisposes people to Melanoma. Listen to her explain how Utah’s rich genealogical resources have enabled the discovery of cancer genes by allowing researchers to find genetic similarities in large families with histories of cancer. In recognition of her inventive and creative research, Cannon-Albright recently was made a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors. In her current work, she is on the trail of a gene that might predispose men to prostate cancer.

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Utah's unique and remarkable families are a game-changing element and can be the catalyst for future genetic discovery.