New approach could make bone marrow transplants safer

Posted by on June 7, 2016 12:04 am
Categories: health

Bone marrow transplantation is the only curative therapy for the millions of people living with blood disorders like sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, and AIDS. However, the faulty stem cells must first be ‘evicted’ or killed, which requires chemotherapy and radiation — a vicious assault on the body. Now researchers have developed a non-toxic transplantation procedure using antibodies to target blood stem cells in mice, an approach they hope will make bone marrow transplants far less toxic.

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