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'Mother to child' cancer link.

Summary: Researchers say scientists have proved for the first time that cancer cells can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy.

Researchers say scientists have proved for the first time that cancer cells can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy.

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition or Image Character Recognition) The machine recognition of hand-printed characters as well as machine printing that is difficult to recognize. ) says it has found genetic evidence that leukaemic cells had been transferred from a Japanese woman to her daughter.

The ICR says although there have been 17 previous cases where a mother and infant appeared to share the same cancer, this is the first time it has been linked "unquestionably un·ques·tion·a·ble  
adj.
Beyond question or doubt. See Synonyms at authentic.



un·question·a·bil
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The study, published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, usually referred to as PNAS, is the official journal of the United States National Academy of Sciences. , found the child's parents both carried the identical mutated cancer gene BCR-ABL1.

But the infant had not inherited the gene, meaning she could not have developed the leukaemia in isolation.

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, who led the study at the ICR, said such cases remained exceedingly rare. He said: "It appears that in this and, we presume, other cases of mother to offspring cancer, the maternal cancer cells did cross the placenta placenta (pləsĕn`tə) or afterbirth, organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy. It is a unique characteristic of the higher (or placental) mammals. In humans it is a thick mass, about 7 in.  into the developing foetus and succeeded in implanting because they were invisible to the immune system immune system

Cells, cell products, organs, and structures of the body involved in the detection and destruction of foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Immunity is based on the system's ability to launch a defense against such invaders.
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