Biologists find way to expand blood stem cell numbers

01/23/2006 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Biologists using mice have found a way to combine growth factors to multiply blood stem cells up to 30 times, a development that could lead to improved bone marrow transplants and make them accessible to more patients. While the discovery still must be translated into human use, some scientists say it would represent a major advance for adult stem cell research, which has taken a back seat to the more controversial research involving embryonic stem cells.

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