- either of two genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2) that, if inherited in a mutated form, may predispose some carriers to develop breast or ovarian cancer.
Origin of BRCA
- Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America.
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Examples from the Web for brca
In short, Myriad isolated the BRCA genes—snipped them out of the longer DNA chain in which they were ensconced.
Myriad could charge whatever price it wanted for the BRCA tests, and kept prices higher by several thousand dollars.
- One of two genes (designated BRCA1 and BRCA2) that help repair damage to DNA, but when inherited in a defective state increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
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