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Screening can identify high-risk genes in eggs
Los Angeles Times

Every woman — and man — is at some risk of getting breast cancer, and some of that risk is passed from parent to child. Variants in two genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, greatly increase the risk of developing the disease.

So far, scientists have identified dozens of BRCA mutations that confer an added risk. Children of carriers — either the mother or the father — have a 50% chance of inheriting these mutations.