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Study: Tumor-Killing Cells from Stem Cells More Potent

New research at the University of Minnesota shows natural killer cells taken from human embryonic stem cells are more effective at killing tumors than cells taken from other sources. A research team led by Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D. demonstrated natural killer cells from human embryonic stem cells are better at killing human leukemia in mice, preventing the cancer from metastasizing in any of the animal’s organs. The study has also shown stem cell-derived tumor-killing cells are highly effective in killing breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and brain tumor cells.

New research at the University of Minnesota shows natural killer cells taken from human embryonic stem cells are more effective at killing tumors than cells taken from other sources. A research team led by Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D. demonstrated natural killer cells from human embryonic stem cells are better at killing human leukemia in mice, preventing the cancer from metastasizing in any of the animal’s organs. The study has also shown stem cell-derived tumor-killing cells are highly effective in killing breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and brain tumor cells.

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