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Green light for first embryonic stem cell treatment – health – 03 August 2010 – New Scientist

August 9

It’s about damn time.  Screw all of you who claimed embryos have souls and then went to vote against research.  An embryonic stem cell is orders of magnitude less sophisticated than house fly, but has tremendous potential to revolutionize medicine. Keep religion out of science!!

It has taken more than five years of graft, but at long last approval has been given for the first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). These cells can develop into all tissues of the body.

Geron Corporation of Menlo Park, California, received the green light from the US Food and Drug Administration this week to use cells derived from hESCs to treat people with acute spinal cord injuries.

Ten people will receive injections into the injury site of hESC-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, which stimulate the growth of new and severed nerves and recoat damaged nerves with myelin. The hope is that the injections will help people recover function lost through injury, as seen in rodent studies in 2005.

via Green light for first embryonic stem cell treatment – health – 03 August 2010 – New Scientist.

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