Leukemia patients benefitted by skin cells transformed into blood
In a feat that could revolutionize cancer therapy and the treatment of blood disorders such as anemia, clumps of human skin into blood cells have been turned by scientists.
Researchers stated that a healthy supply created for transfusion by using a patch of their own skin could be had by patients who need blood for surgery or a medical condition.
Patients with leukemia could get benefitted by the technique by providing them with a source of blood that exactly matches their biological make-up.
The power to tolerate radiotherapy and chemotherapy might be increased by similar transfusions as these have the side effect of destroying the body's blood-making cells.
Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario by adding a gene called OCT4 along with some chemicals known as blood growth factors after taking skin cells from adults and newborn babies converted them into blood cells.
Mickie Bhatia, scientific director at the university's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute said, "If the patient has anemia, they only need red blood cells, so we can change the recipe and make those. If we wanted to treat someone with a blood coagulation disorder, we change the recipe again and make platelets."
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