View Full Version : human stem cell transplants have allowed paralyzed lab animals to walk again
08-01-2001, 08:49 AM
According to an MSNBC report, human stem cell transplants have allowed paralyzed lab animals to walk again - the first time such transplants have given rise to any type of recovery, scientists said on July 24. The work used "smart" cells derived from human fetuses, which along with embryonic sources, are at the center of a controversy raging throughout the world.
Â*Â*Â*In the latest feat to grow out of the controversial research, motor function was restored to all 80 paralyzed mice and rats given an infusion of stem cells from aborted human fetuses, reported John Gearhart, a researcher at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore
08-01-2001, 09:13 AM
I think this report is an extension of the wall street journal article posted last week on page 2 of this forum.
Front page of my paper this morning talked about the House banning the creation / destruction / use of human cloned embryos. Not stem cell research per se. It will be interesting to see how the Bush administration reacts to this?
08-01-2001, 09:53 AM
They have now discovered yet another way to cure rats.
08-01-2001, 12:55 PM
John Gearhart has reported at several meetings (although the study has not yet been published) that they were able to inject human fetal stem cells intrathecally into the spinal cords of mice that had the genes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The cells migrated into the spinal cord, took up residence there, and produced cells that looked like neurons. In addition, the mice apparently survived longer and also showed better function (they normally get weaker and die because of the ALS gene). Unfortunately, without the publication, I don't know all the details of the study. I listened to him give a lecture on the subject. I was impressed with the study. Apparently, he showed a video tape of the animals walking and a copy of that has been sent to Secretrary of Health, Tommy Thompson. Wise.
"the first time such transplants have given rise to any type of recovery, scientists said on July 24"
liars, its not the first time.