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Infection may spark leukaemia

1st April 2009

New research has indicated that common infections might trigger childhood leukaemia.

Scientists have identified a molecule called TGF that is produced by the body in response to infection. It stimulates development of the disease and triggers the multiplication of pre-cancerous stem cells at the expense of healthy counterparts. The study by the Institute of Cancer Research has been published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Researchers also believe that this initial step may help develop preventative measures such as a vaccine.

 

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