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A new study led by Toronto researchers is helping explain how cancer develops genetically.

The article, published in the journal Nature, shows how cancerous cells in acute lymphoblastic leukemia develop from gene families with different abnormalities, as opposed to growing in a linear progression, as was once thought.

Showing how cancer development is more complex than previously realized could go a long way toward developing more effective treatments.

The paper, titled Evolution of human BCR–ABL1 lymphoblastic leukaemia-initiating cells, was authored by Faiyaz Notta, John Dick and several other researchers at the Ontario Cancer Institute, along with four researchers from St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

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