Friday, December 16, 2016

New Link Between CMV & Childhood Cancer

New Link Between CMV & Childhood Cancer

A recent study, performed by scientists at the University of Nevada and UCSF has found that the risk of children developing acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is significantly higher if they were infected with CMV (cytomegalovirus) at birth. Specifically, children who had ALL (which normally develops in kids between 2-6) were 3.71 times more likely to have had CMV at birth. Furthermore, when looking at ethnic identity, the study found that Hispanic children actually had a 5.9 times increased risk of having been infected with CMV at birth if the children were ALL.

This study was absolutely fascinating to me; as the article describes, this is the first time that ALL has been connected to a specific virus that is now identified!

I wonder what other viruses might be connected to childhood cancer that we have yet to discover, and what ways we can think about preventing teratogenesis, and further understanding how the teratogenesis actually occurs so it can be eliminated . Furthermore, I am curious to learn more about why Hispanic children are at the highest risk for developing ALL as a result of CMV - what could be the cause of this?

Source: (December 15, 2016)

Ashley Jowell

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