Researchers Discover Pathway That Turns Stems Cells Into Blood Cells

March 13, 2009

Canada (ChattahBox) – The McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute has discovered a way that messages can be sent through a specific pathway, in order to turn stem cells into blood cells.

It is the first time that the importance of the noncanonical pathway has been realized, and researchers hope to revolutionize the way that blood disorders are treated using this new information.

“By directing cell differentiation, this method provides the most efficient way to produce blood cells that we are aware of to date,” Dr. Mick Bhatia, leader of the project, explained.
β€œThe work also provides a new way to make blood from human stem cells that could be used for clinical applications to regenerate the immune and blood system in patients, including those with leukemia or undergoing cancer therapies that indirectly destroy the immune and blood system.”


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