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Albert Einstein researchers' gene discovery could improve treatment for acute myeloid leukemia

  • Posted: August 15, 2012

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered, in a mouse model of acute myeloid leukemia, that the gene HLX is expressed at abnormally high levels in leukemia stem cells. Gene expression is the process by which a gene synthesizes the molecule that it codes for; an "over-expressed" gene makes its product in abnormally high amounts. These findings suggest that targeting elevated HLX expression may be a promising novel strategy for treating AML. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is home to the Albert Einstein Cancer Center.

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