Melbourne: People at risk of developing blood cancers can now be identified more quickly as Australian scientists have discovered an inherited gene defect which canpredispose some people to acute leukaemia. Researchers from Centre for Cancer Biology at South Australia (SA) Pathology said those at high risk of developing the disease can be identified, monitored and treated muchsooner. According to ABC report, scientist Hamish Scott said the mutations are found in a gene which regulates the activity of many others involved in developing white blood cells. "It`s called myelodysplastic syndrome to start with and turns into acute myeloid leukaemia and the problem with this type of leukaemia is the symptoms are quite generic to start with," he said.
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