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AML Blood Test - A new method for the early detection and prognosis of acute myeloid leukemia

26.01.2012
Diagnosing leukemia, especially acute myeloid leukemia (AML), is hindered due to the unspecific symptoms of the disease. Unfortunately misdiagnoses and mistreatments with antiviral or antibiotic medicine lead to a loss of precious time in fighting against this type of cancer.

Scientists from the University of Bonn tackled this challenge by developing a blood test. This test is based on one of the most advanced approaches of gene expression profiling: gene signatures. By adaptive learning and simulation the new blood test for acute myeloid leukemia (AML-BT) was generated. With an “RNA-fingerprint”, the analysis of the different indicator RNAs - showing a decreased or increased expression rate as indication for AML - can be conducted and used for a reliable diagnosis.

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