Campbell Biology (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321775651
ISBN 13: 978-0-32177-565-8

Chapter 18 - 18.5 - Concept Check: 2

Answer

Cancer has a hereditary component if it involves a gene which is inherited in a state which is prone to mutate so that the gene promotes cancer.

Work Step by Step

There are some alleles of genes which are in a sense pre-cancerous, more readily mutated to promote formation of cancer. Thus, some caners "run" in some families with these alleles.
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