Month: May 2017

Zebrafish teach us how to make blood stem cells

How did a pet store fish—the zebrafish—help bring us a giant step closer to understanding how to make perfect blood stem cells? Here’s how. What are blood stem cells? My group and dozens of other groups around the world have been trying to learn how to make perfect blood stem cells for many years. Blood stem cells are used to treat patients who have blood diseases, such as leukemia, sickle cell disease, congenital neutropenias and thalassemias. For those patients, the idea is to get rid of the “bad” blood and replace it with new, “good” blood. Rare blood stem...

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