Gene mutations found in leukemia patients increase with age: Study

February 28, 2015 12:21 PM

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Gene mutations found in leukemia patients increase with age: Study

The gradual accumulation of DNA mutations in blood stem cells leads to leukemia. This could take decades to develop. As per a new study, with age, one can accumulate these gene mutations found in leukemia cases. However, medical experts also said that the disease will occur only in a few cases.

According to Dr. George Vassiliou, of the Sanger Institute and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, "These mutations will be harmless for the majority of people, but for a few unlucky carriers they will take the body on a journey toward leukemia. We are now beginning to understand the major lan...

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