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The Professor hits the cockpit. The ship shrinks down in a big flash of light.

PROFESSOR:

OK, seat belts on, target set. Let’s go on a journey of cell-f discovery. Get it? Cell-f discovery. …Just push the button, Donny..

The ship is drifting past some muscular-looking stem cells.

PROFESSOR:

All right, these are stem cells. Straight from a healthy person’s bone marrow.

Donny looks out of the porthole. One stem cell *pops* into a white blood cell.

PROFESSOR:

Now these little guys are like the Tom Hardy of the immune system. Everyone loves them, because they can perform almost any role. Like transforming into non-cancerous white blood cells, for example.

Donny imagines a horrifying scene – an evil version of the Professor cackling madly, giant drill, Frankenstein-esque, Donny strapped to a bed.

DONNY:

The stem cells come from the bone marrow, Professor? Did you have to drill into someone’s bones to get it? Was it painful?

The Professor shows a TV screen. A young Donny-esque man cheerfully donating in a hospital bed.

PROFESSOR:

Get with the times, Donny. 9 out of 10 times, we just take your stem cells directly from the bloodstream. (The rest of the time, they’re taken from the marrow under general anaesthetic.) We’ve been doing it this way since 2001. Ethan here doesn’t look too unhappy, does he?

The stem cells are weightlifting the ship up and down.

PROFESSOR:

So. We’ve got a sick person with cancerous white blood cells. And we’ve got some stem cells, which can *make* healthy white blood cells.

Now. Let’s make the magic happen.

Donny and the Professor will be back on July 25 to explore the spectacular science of matching. In the meantime, why not sign up to donate your stem cells?

NEXT TIME:

Donny and the Professor will be back on July 25 to explore the spectacular science of matching. In the meantime, why not sign up to donate your stem cells?

 

Donny and the Professor Cure Blood Cancer

Science is capable of some pretty amazing things.

As Donny and the Professor are about to find out, it can cure blood cancer. With the help of a generous donor, a bit of transplant magic, and some clever stem cells lurking in your bone marrow...

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