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Children with Down syndrome are 20-times more likely to develop acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and 150-times more likely to develop acute myeloid leukemia (AML) compared to their typical peers. According to a new study by researchers at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the reason could be that children with Down syndrome are more likely to present with clonal hematopoiesis (CH), a process in which a blood stem cell acquires a genetic mutation that promotes replication.
I have always been awestruck by the technological advances we have made as a society. Science has always been the backbone of our modern society and underpinned these discoveries. As Americans, we are able to enjoy a life with many luxuries built off science. And as humans, we are able to transcend nationalities and boundaries, as science can be shared among all of us worldwide.