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Researchers Believe They've Found New Weapon to Fight Leukemia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania believe that they have found a method of fighting leukemia.

The researchers presented their findings at the American Society of Hematology this weekend, and say that they have cured 18 of 21 pediatric leukemia patients and 12 out of 37 adult leukemia patients. To do so, the researchers removed specific white blood cells from patients and altered them to contain a gene that attacks cancer.

The new treatment, gene therapy, could be a new weapon in the fight against cancer. While the reported success rate is strikingly high, the size of the study leaves many questions unanswered.

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