Stem Cells Utilized to Target Brain Tumors


Maciej S. Lesniak and Yu Cheng, researchers at University of Chicago’s Brain Tumor Center, are using Neural Stem Cells [NSCs] to target brain tumors.  The neural stem cells, which have a built-in homing mechanism to “sniff out” tumors, are being used to deliver cancer drugs to combat the tumors.  The use of NSCs to treat brain tumors represents a novel use of stem cells and is indicative of researcher’s increasing application of stem cells to develop treatments for previously intractable health issues.  The treatment takes advantage of stem cells role as the body’s natural repair and maintenance mechanism.

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