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Large international study pinpoints impact of TP53 gene mutations on blood cancer severity

Large international study pinpoints impact of TP53 gene mutations on blood cancer severity

Considered the "guardian of the genome," TP53 is the most commonly mutated gene in cancer. TP53's normal function is to detect DNA damage and prevent cells from passing this damage on to daughter cells. When TP53 is mutated, the protein made from this gene, called p53, can no longer perform this protective function, and the result can be cancer. Across many cancer types, mutations in TP53are associated with worse outcomes, like disease recurrence and shorter survival.