Researchers use stem cells to reduce transplant rejection

10/11/2011 |

Researchers successfully used stem cells to reduce the body's rejection of organ transplants in laboratory rats. The rats underwent a liver transplant and were then treated with two drugs, one to inhibit the immune response temporarily, and the other to stimulate the rat's own stem cells, which traveled to the transplanted liver and repopulated it with cells the body recognized as its own and didn't destroy. Testing on other animals is under way, and human trials may begin in the next few years.

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