Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Stem cell news

The FDA has approved a major clinical trial for a medical therapy developed by Australian researchers who use adult stem cells to "create a spinal fusion in 40 patients who suffer severely from degenerative disc disease." The Australian company uses "off the shelf" adult stem cells which don't come from the patients. These cells avoid the immune rejection because they are a rare form of cell that isn't recognized by the patient's immune system.

A girl from India was helped when doctors used stem cells from her father to help her heart ailment.

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