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Acute promyelocytic leukemia


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Inheritance

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Is acute promyelocytic leukemia inherited?

Acute promyelocytic leukemia is not inherited. The condition arises from a translocation in some of the body's cells (somatic cells) that occurs after conception.[1] This is referred to as a somatic mutation. Somatic mutations may affect the individual by causing cancers or other diseases, but they are not passed on to offspring.[1]
Last updated: 2/6/2012

References
  1. Acute promyelocytic leukemia. Genetics Home Reference. April 2011; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/acute-promyelocytic-leukemia. Accessed 2/6/2012.


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