Has A New Cure For Leukemia Been Found?

June 10, 2009

Massachusetts (ChattahBox) – A professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School believes he may have identified the gene that has led to a new cure for leukemia.

Myeloid leukemia is a devastating disease that we have never had enough understanding of to cure. Until now.

According to Dr. Shaoguang Li, he has developed a new treatment that targets the gene responsible for the development of leukemic blood cells.

“If you remove the gene from a mouse, you don’t see leukemia develop,” he was quoted as explaining in the Bangor Daily News.

“The power of this strategy is for curing the disease, not just controlling it.”

The drug blocks the gene Alox 5, eliminating the development of myeloid leukemia in the first place. It is the first real step in curing this disease that has so far been made.

The drug used most successfully has been the asthma drug Zileuton, a surprising use for the medication.

Li’s findings have been published in the current addition of Natural Genetics.


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