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This Week in NEJM: Oct 6, 2011

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In NEJM this week, researchers from the Chronic Myeloid Disorders Working Group of the International Cancer Genome Consortium present findings from a study of somatic mutation in the SF3B1 gene in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes. The team used massively parallel sequencing technology to identify somatically acquired point mutations in the genomes of nine patients with low-grade myelodysplasia, and found 64 point mutations.

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