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Zebrafish might hold key to fighting childhood leukemia

DETROIT — The key to early detection of childhood leukemia might be found in thousands of tiny fish soon to be swimming around in a Wayne State University lab.

The new research project is using zebrafish to identify the genetic and environmental factors that in combination may lead to the development of childhood leukemia. Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost one out of three cancers.

The work is being funded by Kids Without Cancer, a non-profit group of parents whose children have been treated for cancer at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The group has committed $356,000 to Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers.


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