Study: Researchers Say Stem Cell Discovery May Treat Leukemia Patients
VANCOUVER (ASRN.ORG) -- The B.C. Cancer Agency says a new finding about stem cells could lead to a breakthrough in treatment for leukemia patients.
Researchers at the agency say they've discovered that not all stem cells in mice are created equal and different cells behave in different ways, which could explain why some kinds of leukemia are harder to treat.
If the discovery holds true for humans, the agency says researchers may be able to use different subtypes of stem cells to produce more effective bone marrow transplants in leukemia patients.
The Cancer Agency says its next step will be to isolate different types of blood stem cells and study the genes and proteins that dictate their behaviour.
Stem cells are considered the basic building blocks of the body, able to develop into many different kinds of cells and organs.
In a separate announcement earlier this week, the Cancer Agency said its researchers had found a gene that might be able to suppress the growth of several kinds of cancer.
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