Using DNA samples from research unrelated to cancer, two teams of scientists have uncovered early, pre-cancerous genetic changes in the blood that are linked to increased chances of developing blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome.
Scientists have identified some early gene mutations – believed to start in blood stem cells – that are linked to increased risk of blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.
The teams believe their findings open new avenues for research into early detection and prevention of bloodcancer.
The studies – by teams from Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals – are reported in two papers published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Scientists identify early gene changes that precede blood cancer – Medical News Today.