Expert Video - Is an MDS-related genetic mutation something I was born with or something that occurred later on?

Dr. Rafael Bejar, MDS expert from the University of San Diego Moores Cancer Center, discusses somatic mutations and germline mutations in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Somatic mutations develop from changes in genes over a lifetime. Germline mutations, passed down from parents, may predispose someone to develop MDS. Dr. Bejar explains how common each of these types is in MDS and what their presence may mean for prognosis and MDS treatment.

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This educational activity has been developed by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, Inc. and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Acceleron Pharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Takeda Oncology.

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