Spanish Consortium for the Study of the Genome of the Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, co-led by Dr. Elías Campo, links for the first time cancer with errors in the protection of chromosomes

A research published by Nature Genetics explores a new mechanism that may contribute to the development of diverse tumors, including chronic lymphatic leukemia, a form of cancer that affects thousands of new patients each year in Spain. The researchers have detected for the first time in a human cancer the mutation of an essential gene for the protection of the telomeres, situated on the edges of the chromosomes. The research, directed by Carlos López-Otín, of the University Institute of Oncology of the University of Oviedo, Elías Campo, of the Clínic Hospital/University of Barcelona, and María Blasco, director of the National Center of Oncological Research (CNIO), breaks new ground for the Spanish Consortium for the Study of the Genome of the Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia.