SUMMARY: Thyroid cancer is associated with genetic variants linked to the regulation of telomere length.
DESCRIPTION: The thyroid is a gland at the bottom of the neck that produces hormones that regulate blood pressure, weight, and heart rate. Thyroid cancer is known have a strong genetic component. Therefore, this study examined patients with this condition in order to identify genetic variants associated with the disease. In addition to confirming previously identified genetic variants, the study found 5 new variants by examining over 290,000 individuals of European descent. Interestingly, 3 of the identified variants are near genes that play a role in regulating telomere length. Telomeres are repetitive sequences of DNA that protect chromosomes from degradation or damage.
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ASSOCIATED VARIANTS: rs1588635, rs11693806, rs368187, rs2466076, rs116909374, rs12129938, rs7902587, rs73227498, rs2289261, rs6793295
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