Boosting Production of White Blood Cells

12.09.2010

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 Prof. Leo Sachs
 
In the 1960s, Prof. Leo Sachs developed the first ever procedure to grow, clone and induce the development of different types of normal blood cells in a laboratory dish. Using this process he discovered and identified a family of proteins, among them colony-stimulating factors, that control blood cell production in its various stages.
 

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One of the proteins that Sachs identified, the granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, is now used to boost the production of disease-fighting white blood cells in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
 

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