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Repost from @irpatnih: Acute myeloid leukemia (#AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) are two types of #cancer that affect the blood-producing cells in the bone marrow. This image, captured by a #NIH researcher, shows abnormal cell development in the bone marrow of a patient enrolled in a NIH clinical trial for AML/MDS. ⠀⠀ ⠀ Blood-borne cancers like AML and MDS are often more difficult to treat than so-called "solid" tumors because they are, by nature, spread out through the entire bloodstream rather than confined to one place. Consequently, the advent of precision medicine holds particular promise for combating these rare, highly fatal cancers. A new partnership between several NIH Institutes and Centers, funded by the NIH Director's Innovation Awards, will dramatically enhance the ability of NIH researchers to scrutinize the characteristics of AML and MDS patients' cancer cells. The analyses will not only reveal potential treatment targets, but they may also permit scientists to determine why certain patients in their clinical trials benefit from a therapy while others do not or why the same cancer reappears after a seemingly successful treatment in some people but not others.⠀⠀ ⠀ You can read more about this ambitious initiative on the NIH's "I Am Intramural" blog (follow link in bio) #bloodcancerawarenessmonth #bloodcancerawareness #bloodcancerresearch #bloodcancer #science #biology #NHLBI #NIH

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