Emerging technologies in paediatric leukaemia

Amanda Dixon-McIver


Genetic changes, in particular chromosomal aberrations, are a hallmark of acute lymphoblastic lymphoma (ALL) and accurate detection of them is important in ensuring assignment to the appropriate drug protocol. Our ability to detect these genetic changes has been somewhat limited in the past due to the necessity to analyse mitotically active cells by conventional G-banded metaphase analysis and by mutational analysis of individual genes. Advances in technology include high resolution, microarray-based techniques that permit examination of the whole genome. Here we will review the current available methodology and discuss how the technology is being integrated into the diagnostic setting.