Dunbar In the News
A major concern over using stem cells is the risk of tumours: but now a new study shows that it takes a lot of effort to get induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to grow into tumours after they have been transplanted into a monkey. The findings will bolster the prospects of one day using such cells clinically in humans.
Dunbar and colleagues report that the drug Eltrombopag can improve the blood cell counts of some people who have a severe form of aplastic anemia that is unresponsive to standard therapies.
WHAT: Eltrombopag, a drug that was designed to stimulate production of platelets from the bone marrow and thereby improve blood clotting, can raise blood cell levels in some people with severe aplastic anemia who have failed all standard therapies.