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Illinois has taken a leading role in promoting stem cell research. This support has included providing its own funding support for embryonic and adult stem cell research. As interest in stem cell research continues to grow, it seems likely that Illinois will continue to be at its forefront.

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Over 220 different types of cells make up the human body. For more than 30 years, physicians have used stem cell therapy to treat cancer patients undergoing certain treatments. For example, patients suffering from leukemia often undergo chemotherapy. During this treatment process, cytotoxic chemotherapy agents destroy growing cells. Because the cytotoxic agents cannot differentiate between neoplastic (leukemia) cells and the hematopoietic (blood) cells, both are destroyed. In an effort to remedy this, physicians will transplant healthy bone ...

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