Leukaemia is not usually a hereditary disease but inherited genetic mutations predisposing to leukaemia have been identified. Dr Fitzgibbon is taking advantage of new technology to identify inherited mutations in family groups where there are multiple cases of familial leukaemia. This will in future allow routine testing in families where a familial factor is suspected.
The genetics of familial leukaemia
Dr Jude Fitzgibbon
Queen Mary University of London
London, E1 4NS
1 February 2012