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Old 10-12-2005, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Recent study shows stem cells can kill cancer cells

http://www.physorg.com/news7152.html

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The stem cell scientists say they coaxed human embryonic stem cells to create cancer-killing cells in the laboratory, paving the way for possible future treatments for various types of cancers.

"This is the first published research to show the ability to make cells from human embryonic stem cells that are able to treat and fight cancer, especially leukemias and lymphomas," said Dr. Dan Kaufman, an assistant professor of medicine in the university's Stem Cell Institute and lead author of the study.

"We hear a lot about the potential of stem cells to treat conditions such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. This research suggests it is possible that we could use human embryonic stem cells as a source for immune cells that could better target and destroy cancer cells and potentially treat infections," Kaufman added.

Next, the researchers will test whether the human embryonic stem cell-derived natural killer cells can target cancer cells in animal models.

The study will be published in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of Immunology.
I belive this is a greatnew for the fight against cancer. The thing is we have to do on people and to see if its really is a worthwhile thing we have here.
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Old 10-12-2005, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Excellent. Of course, like most 'incredible medical discoveries', it sounds like it's too soon to get too excited. But the idea that a stem cell is like a heavyweight boxer to cancer appeals to me. Take that cancer!
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