Recent advances in adult stem cell research could change the way doctors treat a host of debilitating diseases. At NIAID, scientists are exploring novel ways to convert adult tissue into more primitive stem cells and then use these cells to treat chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), an inherited disease of the immune system. The most exciting part of NIAID’s research? The treatment cells come from the patient. No donors are necessary.
Neutrophil from a blood smear magnified 100X
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