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International collaboration, including Univ. of Washington scientists, discover gene defect that predisposes people to leukemia:

Posted Sep 10 2011 10:13pm
International collaboration, including Univ. of Washington scientists, discover gene defect that predisposes people to leukemia: NCI Cancer Center News
A new genetic defect that predisposes people to acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplasia has been discovered. The mutations were found in the GATA2 gene. Among its several regulatory roles, the gene acts as a master control during the transition of primitive blood-forming cells into white blood cells... The results come from an international collaboration of scientists and the participation of families from Australia, Canada, and the United States.

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