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Unformatted text preview: a. To give a person who cannot produce B and T cells that ability b. Leukemia patients c. Metastasis of other cancers to the bone marrow The patients own bone marrow is destroyed and the transplant is given to replace it. Unfortunately, the new bone marrow sometimes produces immune cells that begin to attack the tissues of the recipient. This is called graft-versus-host disease. Use of umbilical cord blood, which is rich in stem cells, may work better than transplanting bone marrow. Persons who have received a transplant that might involve rejection must be treated to prevent that from happening. The major aim is to suppress cell-mediated immunity. The drugs used have side effects, so the benefits of the transplant must be weighed against the drawbacks....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course MCB MCB2010 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09