Sunday, January 09, 2005

Spinal cords repaired with adult stem cells

You can have your broken spinal cord repaired, but you'll pay through the nose.
Russian surgeons claim a world first after repairing broken spinal cords using stem cells taken from the patient's nose.

The Moscow team claim it is the first time anyone has been able to treat such severe spinal injuries by reconnecting spinal cord neural tissue.
As has always been true of stem cell miracles to date, the heroes were adult stem cells.

Perhaps if the late Christopher Reeve had lent his name and reputation to adult stem cell research, this type of progress might have been made soon enough to do him some good, while helping to prevent the further commoditization of human life.

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