Technique to Observe the Onset of Leukemia is Discovered

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have succeeded in converting leukemia cells back to cancer stem cells in their initial stages.

This development can help the researchers to observe the onset of chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer, that annually kills nearly 1,500 people in the United States.

The results of the study will be published in the February 2011 issue of the journal blood.

The work opens up a possibility for strong large reserves of healthy and diseased tissues, provide insight into the onset of cancers and develop new stem cells based therapies for this dreadful ailment.

When the diseased cells from the bone marrow are converted to malignant stem cells, they retain the same genetic abnormalities seen in matured cancer cells.

In this way, the researchers are now provided a novel opportunity to observe the onset of blood cancer from its very beginning. This very objective is one of the major areas of focus in biomedical sciences.

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