Researchers found interesting fact that certain variation in DNA repair gene is associated with an increased risk of developing meningioma which is a type of brain cancer. It was found during a research that meningioma patients relatives have an increased risk of developing cancer but it was also found that radiation increases risk for this disease.

In order to find out whether certain variants in DNA repair genes increased the risk of developing meningioma a team of experts analyzed single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 136 DNA repair genes for this correlation to risk of developing meningioma. This team found that SNP known as rs4968451 which represents breast cancer susceptibility gene and this gene was linked to an increased risk of meningioma.

Results of the study reported that almost 30% of Europeans carry this genetic variant and this could mean that the substantial contribution of the variant in the development of meningioma. Meningioma represents very uncommon form of brain tumor that occurs in the meninges and that is a membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord.