Aging Gene Causes Blood Cancer, Scientists Link ‘Internal Timer’ Genetic Variation To Myeloma

August 18, 2013 5:02 PM

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Aging Gene Causes Blood Cancer, Scientists Link ‘Internal Timer’ Genetic Variation To Myeloma

The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics on August 18, is the first to draw a connection between blood cancer and aging. Scientists identified four genetic variations that most likely cause myeloma – a cancer of plasma cells that causes about 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.

"Our study has taken an important step forward in understanding the genetics of myeloma, and suggested an intriguing potential link with a gene that acts as a cell's internal timer,” study co-leader Professor Richard Houlston, professor of molecular and population genetics at The Institute of Cancer...

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