New treatment possible for Leukemia

agar-60571_640 at Washington University, one of the world’s leading centers for work on the were devestated, when their colleague, Dr. Lukas Wartman, was diagnosed with the disease, that he had devoted his career to.

Dr. Timothy Ley, the associate director of the University’s , summoned his team and attempted an analysis that has never been tried before. They fully sequenced the genes of both his cells and healthy cells for comparison, and at the same time analyzed his RNA, a close chemical cousin to DNA, for clues to what his genes were doing. They found the culprit, a normal , that was excessively producing huge amounts of a that appeared to be spurring the ’s growth.

The research team adminstered a new drug that might shut down the malfunctioning – a drug that had been tested and approved only for advanced kidney . Dr. Wartman became the first person ever to take it for leukemia and now his is in recession since last fall.



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