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Luis Carvajal-Carmona, Ph.D.

January 21, 2015

 

Hispanic women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than their Caucasian, African-American or Asian counterparts. Dr. Luis Carvajal-Carmona, a 2013 V Scholar Grant recipient from The University of California, Davis, and his colleagues have discovered a BRCA1 mutation or variant in the genetic sequence upstream of the estrogen receptor gene on Chromosome 6 that may partly explain this phenomenon. This variant is relatively common in Latin American populations but is almost absent from people of European, African American and Chinese heritage.

 

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