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1st Embyonic Stem Cell Treatment Tried for SCI
Hypatia
Another step forward.

Exciting stuff, though we're really so far behind where we could (should) be with this.

[url]http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20019265-10391704.html?tag=stack[/url]

First Embryonic Stem Cell Treatment Tried on Spinal Cord Injury

(CBS/AP) A California bio-tech company has begun testing an embryonic stem-cell drug treatment on a patient with spinal cord injuries, marking the first time a drug made with embryonic stem cells has been used on a human.

The patient was enrolled at Shepherd Center, a spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation center in Atlanta.

In order to participate, the patient had to have been injured within the last two weeks. The company, Geron, hopes to enroll another eight to 10 patients in the study.

The stem-cell drug, known as GRNOPC, contains cells that turn into oligodendrocytes, a type of cell that produces myelin, a coating that allows impulses to move along nerves.

When those cells are lost because of injury, paralysis can follow. If GRNOPC1 works, the progenitor cells will produce new oligodendrocytes in the injured area of the patient's spine, potentially allowing for new movement.

Because this is an early stage study, researchers are primarily concerned with the safety of the treatment.

"When we started working with human embryonic stem cells in 1999, many predicted that it would be a number of decades before a cell therapy would be approved for human clinical trials," Dr. Thomas B. Okarma, president and chief executive officer of Geron said in a statement.

Embryonic stem cells have been at the center of funding controversies because the research involves destroying human embryos, which some have argued is akin to abortion.

But, many researchers consider embryonic stem cells the most versatile types of stem cells, as they can morph into any type of cell.

While a milestone in the technology, the drug is still a long way from being proven and reaching the market. It still faces many years of testing for effectiveness if all goes well in the early stage study.

For Patient Enrollment Information, click here.
 
catman
Yes, I heard about that on the news (in less detail, of course). If not for the stupidifying effects of religion, it would be farther along.
 
Bob of QF
One step closer to Robert Heinlien's I Will Fear No Evil.

Wink

Except without the ghost-haunting, obviously.


Quantum Junction: Use both lanes

Reality is that which is left, after you stop believing.
 
Doubting Thomas
Yes, if not for the ignorance surrounding stem-cell research, we'd be miles ahead now.

I remember once when I mentioned something about stem-cell research, and my wife asked, "Isn't that where they stick a tube in a baby's head and suck out its brains?"
You're just jealous because the voices are talking to me and not you.
 
catman
DT: Ouch. I hope you disabused her of that notion.
 
Bob of QF
Doubting Thomas wrote:
Yes, if not for the ignorance surrounding stem-cell research, we'd be miles ahead now.

I remember once when I mentioned something about stem-cell research, and my wife asked, "Isn't that where they stick a tube in a baby's head and suck out its brains?"


Faux News would've been proud to have heard that one...


Quantum Junction: Use both lanes

Reality is that which is left, after you stop believing.
 
Hypatia
Doubting Thomas wrote:
Yes, if not for the ignorance surrounding stem-cell research, we'd be miles ahead now.

I remember once when I mentioned something about stem-cell research, and my wife asked, "Isn't that where they stick a tube in a baby's head and suck out its brains?"


If that's at all a common misconception among christians then no wonder they're so against it.
 
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