Thursday, April 07, 2011

First patient to get stem cell therapy comes forward

The Washington Post reports today that
In the six months since scientists announced they had infused a drug made from human embryonic stem cells into a partially paralyzed patient’s spine, the identity of the recipient has been shrouded in secrecy......

After undergoing emergency treatment......(the patient) agreed to let doctors inject him with.....more than 2 million cells made from stem cells into his spine.......

The trial is primarily assessing safety, but doctors are also testing whether the cells restore sensation and movement.......

"We’re just in the early stages right now. It’s not at the stage to really know what’s going on,”
The repair of spinal injury through the use of stem cells is one of the dreams of medical research. This study is a very preliminary one, but it is a ray of hope for a lot of people.

This is the kind of research that the Bush administration blocked!

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