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    Stem Cells: A Long Road Ahead

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    Stem cells: A long road ahead
    Benefits: Many questions remain to be answered before human stem cells can be transformed into therapies for such diseases as Parkinson's and diabetes.


    By Jonathan Bor
    Sun Staff

    March 8, 2004

    When a pair of scientists announced that they had isolated the first human embryonic stem cells, some researchers predicted that an experimental treatment for Parkinson's disease would be available in five to 10 years. That was five years ago; no human trials are in sight.

    A short while later, a neurologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine told patients experiencing the first twinges of Lou Gehrig's disease that he might offer them an experimental stem-cell therapy before the illness paralyzed and killed them.

    But the long, slow grind of scientific discovery has taught researchers many things. One is not to make predictions.

    Although scientists devoured two recent developments - the creation of 17 new stem-cell lines and the first progress toward therapeutic cloning - few dared to speculate on when the budding science would yield the first therapies.

    "It's foolish to give timelines," said Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein, the Hopkins neurologist, who insists that he remains optimistic about harnessing stem cells against Lou Gehrig's disease. "When I talk to patients, I tell them we first learn how to build this machine."

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    Sorry -didn't work.

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