New insights into the genetic basis of leukemia

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a malignant disease of the hematopoietic system that originates from immature precursors of red blood cells, platelets and part of the white blood cells. While in healthy people the multiplication and renewal of blood cells is strictly regulated, this process gets out of control in AML: an early precursor of the so-called myeloid cells degenerates and multiplies uncontrollably.

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