Target stem cells to prevent leukemia’s return, Harvard scientists say. Usually, stem cells are seen as the “good guys,” and today, research into their regenerative properties is at an all time high. As the “building blocks” of the body that can go on to develop into blood, bone, brain and body organ tissues — they are seen as a potential renewable source of replacement tissues to treat many ailments for which there is no cure, or for which few treatments exist.
But where leukemia is concerned, stem cells are both the “good” and the “bad” guys. As the “good guys,” they are used in the bone marrow transplantation to treat this blood cancer.