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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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The Diminiship floats through an apparently empty bloodstream.

PROFESSOR:

Sorry, wrong button.

DONNY:

Empty in here, Professor.

PROFESSOR:

That’s because chemotherapy has wiped out the immune system, Donny. That means the leukaemia is gone…but everything else has gone as well.

All around them, the stem cells are transforming into healthy white blood cells.

PROFESSOR:

Now the stem cell donation has arrived and it’s turning into healthy white blood cells. Remember, though – the stem cells can’t just come from any old person. The donor needs to ‘match’ genetically. Otherwise the patient’s immune system will view the new cells as an intruder, and attack.

The white blood cells draw laser guns and start firing at the Diminiship.

DONNY:

Intruders? You mean like us, Professor?

PROFESSOR:

Well, obviously, like…uh-oh.

The Diminiship *whumphs* into full size in the laboratory.

PROFESSOR:

Hang on, I’ll get us out of this haematological pickle…

Donny looks elated. The Professor looks tired. Both of them are singed and smoking.

DONNY:

So let me get this straight, I can sign up to be a stem cell donor, be in with a chance of giving my cells to someone who’s a genetic match for me, and maybe even cure their blood cancer?

PROFESSOR:

Yup, pretty much!

 Donny holds a saliva sample tube proudly aloft.

PROFESSOR:

And the first step? It’s giving a spit.

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?

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