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Symbol for α-tocopherol.
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Approximately 1 in every 100,000 children are born with A-T each year, meaning there are about 180 people with A-T in the UK.
Suzanne Roynon is the fundraiser for the A-T Society and said the charity is grateful for help in raising cash.
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A-T patients suffer from weak immune systems and premature aging, among other ills, and usually die in their teens or early twenties.
Efforts to develop a treatment for A-T and to learn more about how cancer develops will also benefit from the gene discovery, scientists say.
Information about those enzymes should help researchers in their pursuit of a treatment for A-T, says Nathaniel Heintz, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Rockefeller University in New York City.
A-T patients suffer from rapid loss of brain cells as well as from tumors.
Swift says his team's results show that medical X-rays boost the susceptibility to cancer of all carriers of the A-T gene.
population unknowingly carries one copy of the A-T gene.
Swift estimates that the female A-T carriers that he studied developed breast cancer after cumulative exposure to between 5 and 30 milligrays.