Select immune cells help marrow grafts

9:35am, January 8, 2004

From San Diego, at a meeting of the American Society of Hematology

By excising certain immune cells from donor bone marrow, physicians have devised a new and possibly more versatile way of performing marrow transplants.

These transplants give healthy, blood-producing cells to people with diseases such as leukemia. In optimal cases, a sibling or someone else with certain immunity genes nearly identical to a recipient's is available to donate marrow.

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