Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Stem Cell News

Today President Bush signed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 which will provide "$265 million for life saving stem cell therapy, cord blood and bone marrow transplant. Specifically, $79 million will be authorized for the collection and storage of cord blood stem cells (a type of adult stem cell) with the goal of reaching a total inventory of 150,000 units. This would make them available to more than 90 percent of patients in need."

British scientists have grown human cartilage from adult stem cells and "are predicting a ‘cure' for arthritis within the next decade."

Prof Hollander, the Arthritis Research Campaign professor of rheumatology and tissue engineering, has devised a way of making adult bone marrow stem cells grow into cartilage within 40 days in the laboratory.

As of noon today, the only American paper to pick up this story is the New York Sun. How many American papers would have this story if it was embryonic stem cells which were grown into cartilage?

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