In research that one day could improve the success of stem cell transplants and chemotherapy, scientists have found that distinct niches exist in the bone marrow to nurture different types of blood stem cells.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to enroll in “Be the Match,” a national bone marrow registry, at various times and locations on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Registration takes only 20 minutes and a cheek swab, and no appointment is necessary.
A new drug makes chemotherapy more effective in treating acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, according to John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD, and his colleagues at Washington University. Instead of attacking these cells directly, the drug helps drive them out of the bone marrow and into the bloodstream, where they are more vulnerable to chemotherapy.