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Viagra shows promise for use in bone marrow transplants

By Tim Stephens
UC Santa Cruz

October 11, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Above: This diagram compares the standard regimen for mobilizing blood-forming stem cells from the bone marrow (on the left) with the new approach (on the right), which is much faster and easier. (Credit: Smith-Berdan et al., Stem Cell Reports, 2019)

By dilating blood vessels, Viagra enhances the mobilization of blood-forming stem cells from the bone marrow so they can be collected from the blood for transplants

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