Scientists cure leukemia in mice

12/22/2011 | Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.), The

Researchers with Penn State's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences have cured leukemia in mice with a week of daily injections of a fish oil compound. The treatment kills leukemia stem cells, unlike current treatments, which do not target the stem cells and allow the disease to recur once the drug is discontinued. "We’re excited. But until it works on humans, it’s hard to jump up and down just yet," researcher Robert Paulson said.

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