UF: Rabbit virus improves bone marrow transplants, kills some cancer cells

UF: Rabbit virus improves bone marrow transplants, kills some cancer cells

UF: Rabbit virus improves bone marrow transplants, kills some cancer cells

University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants.

For patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and multiple myeloma, a bone marrow transplant can be both curative and perilous. It replenishes marrow lost to disease or chemotherapy but raises the risk that newly transplanted white blood cells will attack the recipient’s body.

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