Cancer patient's genome decoded for first time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists for the first time have decoded the entire genome of a cancer patient, identifying a series of genes never before linked to the type of white blood cell cancer that ultimately killed the woman.
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The patient was a woman in her 50s who died 23 months after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, according to Dr. Timothy Ley, who led the study. Only one in five patients who get this disease, also called AML or acute myelogenous leukemia, live more than five years after diagnosis.

The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents a new approach to grasp the genetic underpinning of cancer and pave the way for better treatments, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis said.

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