Stem cells in bone ends preferred for transplants, study finds

08/1/2013 | CTV.ca (Canada)

McMaster University researchers found that marrow at the ends of bones may be better suited for stem cell transplants than marrow in the shaft. Stem cells in marrow at the ends of bones produced more blood and immune system cells compared with shaft marrow, according to the team's study in the journal Cell Stem Cell. "Knowing where these blood stem cells are and where they perform the best will allow us to make bone marrow transplants more efficient and make it more available to more people," said Mick Bhatia, scientific director of the Canadian university's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute.

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