September 14, 2011 – Scientists have recently found a genetic mutation that could make some men and women more susceptible to asbestos-related mesothelioma than others under the same conditions. The latest study is looking at a specific gene, known as BAP1, and several individuals who possess it. These findings could shed light on why some people with histories of prolonged asbestos exposure develop mesothelioma while others never do. A doctor from the University of Hawaii believes that understanding how this gene works could be useful in screening mutations in people who are at risk. By receiving such a screening, individuals who know they are more vulnerable to developing mesothelioma could then take preventative measures and/or receive earlier diagnoses.