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University of Basel

24 June 2016

Aggressiveness of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Elucidated

Scientists at the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) have discovered why acute leukemias with the same genetic abnormality vary in their aggressiveness based on their cellular origin. They found that the cancer inducing alteration is particularly devastating if it occurs in early hematopoietic stem cells expressing certain genes involved in cell migration and tissue invasion. These findings should now make it possible to classify patients into more clearly defined groups, to adapt treatment, and hopefully also to develop personalized therapeutic strategies for the future.

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