Understanding Stem Cells part 34

Stem cell 5


In the past, the only way to use hematopoietic stem cells for therapies was through bone marrow transplants. Extracting bone marrow is an uncomfortable and invasive procedure, and in order for a transplant to work, the donor and recipient must be genetically similar. If they are too genetically different, the blood cells produced from the transplanted marrow may recognize the patient’s body as foreign and fight against the patient’s own cells and organs. Additionally, the patient’s immune system may reject the transplant, causing a dangerous “war” within the patient’s body.

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