Banking stem cells could save Japan nuclear workers

CHICAGO - Health officials should

collect blood from workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear power plant in case they are accidentally exposed to
high levels of radiation and need a stem cell transplant,
Japanese researchers said on Thursday.

They said gathering blood from the workers would give them

a ready source of their own stem cells that could help rebuild
their bone marrow should they become exposed to high levels of

"The danger of a future accidental radiation exposure is

not passed, since there has been a series of serious
aftershocks even this April," Dr Shuichi Taniguchi of Toranomon
Hospital in Tokyo and Dr Tetsuya Tanimoto of the Japanese
Foundation for Cancer Research wrote in the Lancet medical