Why does a leukemic mutation not always lead to leukemia? A new clue from a mouse study

Why do some people with a genetic mutation associated with leukemia remain healthy, while others with the same mutation develop the blood cancer? In a new study published in Blood, scientists from the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Rong Lu discovered a mechanism that linked a leukemic mutation to varying potentials for disease development—a discovery which could eventually lead to a way to identify patients with the mutation who are most at risk.

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