Edited by: Karen Young Kreeger
FIGHTING REJECTION: William Bensinger and colleagues used recombinant cytokines to stimulate stem-cell production in transplant donors.
Comments by William I. Bensinger, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle
Approximately 12,000 bone-marrow transplants are performed each year in the United States. Coming up with alternative sources of stem cells for transplantation as well as developing new methods to decrease the likelihood of donor cell rejection are active areas of study in transplantation biology.
This paper was among the first to describe the use of peripheral blood stem cells collected from normal donors and given to acute leukemia patients who were waiting for bone...