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Digestive-Health

27 July 2011

3 genes linked to oesophagus disorders

Mutations in three genes have been found to be more common among people with disorders of the oesophagus, including oesophageal cancer and Barrett oesophagus, a new study shows.

Mutations in three genes have been found to be more common among people with disorders of the oesophagus, including oesophageal cancer and Barrett oesophagus (a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease), a new study shows.

The developments are significant because in the United States and Europe, cases of oesophageal cancer have surged 350% over the past 40 years and Barrett oesophagus (which is believed to precede the cancer) affects 10% of the population, the authors explained.

Three genes linked to Barrett oesophagus

 

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