MDS is a group of serious blood cancers that frequently develop into an aggressive form of leukemia. About 300 people in Sweden are diagnosed every year.

Meet Professor Eva Hellström Lindberg and her patient Åke Hillerö, called Mr. Index because it seems that his stem cells contain answers to the mystery surrounding the blood disease MDS.
Even though he has the mutation that is behind MDS, he does not get sick, his healthy stem cells manage to fight back.

The goal of the research at Karolinska Institutet is to understand stem cells underlying disease in patients to understand how they lead to disease, find them, control them, and treat them, and the breakthroughs has been many.
Produced by Faktabruket 2022