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Cancer patient's genome decoded

November 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
It's a discovery experts say is a big advance they hope will help find a treatment for leukemia. Scientists have produced the first analysis of a gene from a cancer patient.Acute meyloid leukemia is diagnosed in about 13,000 Americans every year. Treatment hasn't changed much in 20 years, mostly because the genetic picture was incomplete.

But a new discovery of the cancer genome has revealed 8 new genes, and researchers hope the new genes may give them more ways to attack leukemia in the future.

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