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    Alan Fine's answer

    His answer:
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    Unfortunately my answer will be the same one you have already had.
    Progress continues, but slowly; the cure you seek may be 10 years away,
    or 30 or even more. I wish I could be more optimistic.
    With best wishes,
    Alan Fine

    my original question to him:
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    Dear Professor Fine,
    I found your article in an 1986 issue of hungarian
    edition of scientific american about replacing cells
    in the CNS. (unfortunately we don't have hungarian
    edition since 1989).
    In that article you described how these methods would
    help to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and
    spinal cord injury (SCI).
    Since then many things happened, especially regarding
    stem cells.
    My question is related to spinal cord injury and
    please I would need your true opinion. (btw: I am not
    spinal cord injured)
    As for SCI know now OEG and schwann cells and stem
    cells and other trials but none of the seems to be the
    effective treatment for SCI.
    Whenever I ask an expert when a cure will be possible
    and I mean bye cure: bladder/bowel function and the
    ability to walk again even if cervical or thoraic or
    wherever the injury is and also I mean treatments
    which can cure years after the injury occurred.
    Usually I got answers like "cannot tell, don't know"
    or "seems not possible in the next 20-25-30 years"
    Based on that if a cure would be available now, it
    would take at least 5-6-8 years to be available in
    clinical treatments (due to the administrative
    complexity of human trials) I would like to ask your
    expert opinion of when a cure might be possible if
    cure means what I described above.
    Thank you in advance and yours sincerely

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    Bubo, Thanks for asking.

    "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given you."
    Gandolf the Gray

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    I am sure his is an expert, but has he published or contributed to any publication since 1999-2000? Do you think that is just the last time the web page was updated? Could he be out of the loop?

    Joe

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by NoDecafPlz:

    I am sure his is an expert, but has he published or contributed to any publication since 1999-2000? Do you think that is just the last time the web page was updated? Could he be out of the loop?
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    I think he reads all related scientific articles and he is an expert.

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    Here's another "expert" statement:

    "Nobody will ever need more than 640k RAM!" -- Bill Gates, 1981

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    Originally posted by mk99:

    Here's another "expert" statement:

    "Nobody will ever need more than 640k RAM!" -- Bill Gates, 1981
    Bill Gates as an expert? In business and making money, surely. But in technology? Well ...
    His success is not due to his technical skills but rather his business skills.

    Or maybe he was just "ill-informed".

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