NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Digital PCR can better detect hints of residual disease in chronic myeloid leukemia patients than other PCR-based approaches, according to a team of UK researchers.

With tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment, CML can be rendered nearly undetectable in patients. But while some patients remain disease-free after treatment is halted, others can relapse. This, the researchers said, highlights the need for ways to detect even low levels of disease.

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