Restriction enzyme digests of genomic DNA show multiple alleles of common, intermediate, and rare frequencies at the minisatellite locus of Ha-ras. It has been suggested that a higher frequency of rare alleles is associated with the presence of colorectal and other types of cancer. This study investigated the distribution of Ha-ras alleles in 40 members of hereditary non-polyposis colorectal carcinoma (HNPCC) families and in 34 cancer free subjects (spouses). There was no difference in rare allele frequency between the cancer group and cancer free group (chi2 = 0.25, not significant).
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