UPDATES FROM THE ASH 2013 MEETING

| UPDATES FROM THE ASH 2013 MEETING | Over 20,000 haematologists, scientists and trainees gathered for this year’s ASH meeting in New Orleans despite the ice storms that gripped America at this time the meeting was an invigorating and stimulating as ever.. A new gene for MPN - CALRETICULIN The research was published in December 2013, in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2005 scientists identified abnormalities in the JAK2 gene in patients with MPDs. Since the discovery, blood testing for JAK2 has become a routine part of the diagnostic work up of patients with suspected MPDs. However, whilst the vast majority of patients with polycythaemia vera are positive for the JAK2 test and can be readily diagnosed, only about half of patients with essential thrombocythaemia or myelofibrosis have a positive test. Diagnosing these patients is currently time consuming and requires multiple, often invasive tests, such as a bone marrow biopsy. In a recent study led by Professor Tony Green from the University of...
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