2 gene variants may be linked to susceptibility to childhood leukemia

09/4/2013 | Medical News Today

Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research in London analyzed the genomes of more than 1,500 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and found two single nucleotide polymorphisms were associated with both survival and susceptibility to the disease. One of these genetic variants, known as rs3824662, was tied to a tumor subtype that was found to increase the incidence of relapse and worsen overall survival chances.

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