A woman sitting in a hospital bed. A young woman strands to her left and a doctor with a clipboard stands to her right. DNA double helixes frame the image.

In this case, you will learn about cancer genetics, in particular, hereditary breast cancer. You will learn how to perform linkage analysis to identify the defected gene, how to perform PCR, gel electrophoresis, the protein truncation test, and DNA sequencing to confirm a mutation. You will also learn about cancer development and the role of BRCA genes in breast cancer.



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