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Blood test for genetic changes may predict leukaemia early

Researchers from Wellcome Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have revealed that a blood test for changes in the DNA code can help predict a patient’s risk of developing acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) years before a positive diagnosis.

During a study conducted in collaboration with international scientists, the UK researchers observed genetic changes in the blood of AML patients, years prior to their abrupt development of the cancer.