America alone, over 105,000 people will contract leukemia this
year. More than 59,000 others will die from the disease. Leukemia
kills more children between the ages of 11 and 15 than other diseases.
It kills more adult than children. People over the age of 60 are
most often affected, and men more than women. There is no known
way to prevent leukemia, but it can be treated effectively.
modern medical advancements offers more hope than ever before
to people who have leukemia. Specifically, with the complete mapping
of the human genome, new treatments mean improved chances of survival
for many patients with leukemia.
Human Genome Project (HGP) can someday unravel the mystery of
leukemia. Drug companies, for instance, are collecting the genetic
know-how to make medicines tailored to specific genes that cause
leukemia. In the year to come, your pharmacist may hand you a
drug that deals effectively with your leukemic genetic profile.
Other companies may crunch out blood tests that reveal telltale
disease-gene mutations, and forecast your chances of coming down
with conditions such as leukemia. And some scientists still hold
out hope for gene therapy: directly adding healthy genes to a
patient's body with leukemia.
the human genome will improve chances of survival for many patients
and prevention for many more.
new hope, the Human Genome Project.