Scientists expand number of stem cells from cord blood

01/17/2010 | BBC

Scientists at the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center were able to boost the number of stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood without affecting their stem cell properties by activating a "signaling pathway" in the cells. They found that transplanting the resulting cells into patients proved more effective than "non-expanded" cord blood cells in restoring the function of the bone marrow without triggering immune rejection.

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