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Blood disorder gene ‘signature’ is found
7:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
Oxford University researchers have found the genetic ‘signature’ for a group of aggressive blood disorders.
Researchers hope that a routine test could soon help guide treatment for people with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).
The conditions cause normal blood production to break down and in 40 per cent of cases can lead to leukaemia.
About 2,000 people are diagnosed with MDS in the UK every year. Prof Jacqueline Boultwood said: “Identifying those at risk enables doctors to give early treatment.”
The research was funded by blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.