BCL2

[ bē′sē-ĕl-tōō ]

n.

A gene associated with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that normally helps regulate the life span of a white blood cell but when mutated prevents such cells from dying, allowing possible further mutations and the development of cancer.


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