WASHINGTON (May 11, 2010)–Scientists are seeking a new approach in the use of bone marrow transplants as the procedure undergoes a quiet revolution.
The transplants are no longer used just to treat cancer.
Research is underway to reduce the risks so the transplants can target more people with diseases from ranging from sickle cell anemia to deadly metabolic disorders.
Scientists also want to learn if such transplants can be used without having to deplete the recipient’s own marrow supply first.
If that succeeds, bone marrow can eventually be used to treat a variety of diseases and ultimately marrow transplants can be used even when donors aren’t good genetic matches.