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Experts have now developed a DNA test capable of identifying myelodysplasia ( MDS ).MDS is a blood disorder that can lead to leukemia or // fatal infections and bleeding. Patients often don’t find out they have the disease until it’s too late for early treatment. About 15,000 to 20,000 people a year are diagnosed with MDS. The condition is most common in those over age 60.

Researchers took blood samples from people suspected of having a more treatable, non-malignant form of bone marrow disease. They were able to identify those with MDS by using a new DNA test.The new procedure uses a technique called Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy to assess DNA taken from a small amount of the patient’s blood.

The DNA test for MDS is highly predictive and most promising ,say researchers and they believe that a study with a larger number of samples will validate their initial findings and thus pave the way for clinical application.

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