Locating blood stem cells for bone marrow transplant

Aug 6th, 2013
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When it comes to bone marrow transplants, the number of stem cells in the marrow taken from donors is limited, restricting the number of recipients who can go through a treatment. So if physicians were able to locate stem cells in the body—particularly the cells that display the highest ability to regenerate the blood and immune system—it would improve the effectiveness of transplants and make it possible for more patients to get the procedure. Enter Mick Bahtia, professor and scientific director of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, and his team of fellow researchers, who took pictures of bones and used sophisticated imaging software to determine that blood stem cells located in the end (trabecular region) of bones display the highest ability to regenerate the blood and immune system.

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