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The link between Down syndrome and childhood leukaemia – Cancer Research UK News

Wednesday, 7 September, 2022

The link between Down syndrome and childhood leukaemia – Cancer Research UK News

Our bodies are made from millions of cells, and inside every cell there are chromosomes. Chromosomes are made up of DNA that acts like a genetic code, with all the instructions that tell a cell what to do.

Most people have 46 chromosomes in each of their cells, but some people may have more or less than the usual 46 chromosomes.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that arises during the very first stages of development, when abnormal cell division produces an extra copy of chromosome 21. A change in the number of chromosomes such as this is called aneuploidy.

Read more at: https://news.cancerresearchuk.org/2022/09/01/the-link-between-down-syndrome-and-childhood-leukaemia/

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