Freezing bone marrow for transplant

Freezing bone marrow for transplant

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Caption: Treatment of acute leukaemia by bone marrow transplant: bone marrow harvested from both donor and recipient is slowly deep frozen under carefully controlled conditions at a rate of 2 degrees C. per minute. A chemical (dimethylsulphoxide) is added to preserve the cells against cold damage. The bone marrow is stored at a temperature of -196 degrees C. , and thawed rapidly when required for transplant.

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Keywords: bone marrow storage, bone marrow transplant, cancer, cryopreservation, cryostorage, healthcare, leukaemia, leukemia, medical, medicine, transplant, transplantation, treatment

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