Genetic Glitches and Cancer

October 2009
Science Teacher;Oct2009, Vol. 76 Issue 7, p15
Academic Journal
The article reports on the discovery of two genetic variations associated with an increase risk for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common cancer among children in the U.S. A multicenter team of childhood cancer researchers headed by Mary Relling and Meenakshi Devidas explains the significance of identifying the genetic glitches in children who already have leukemia. The researchers also cite the tendency of children with ALL subtype B-hyperdiploid to respond well to chemotherapy.


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