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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by manouli
    I don't know what clinical trials for spinal cord injury have done. Are they talking about other countries, or we did have clinical stem cell trials here. Do you know any?
    It’s just bogus, Matt Canham is against hESCR. He is just using stem cell research for other motives than cures.

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    I agree with Leif, this article is basically a bash of hESC's, consequently promoting ASC's as the panacea for everything.

    The FDA approved trial successfully treating SCI with ASC's (according to the article) cannot be substantiated with anything other than this writers claims.

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    Thank you guys. It's unreal how they are playing with other people's lives because of their believes, and people do believe them and they won't use embryonic stem cells. For second I thought I did miss the clinical trials.

    Here we go again, they will never stop saying lies.


    Adult stem cell research on the other hand has treated 73 medical cases which have generated success.

    Coincidently, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and stroke damages as well as type J juvenile diabetes are listed among these successful treatments.

    Embryonic stem cell research cases yield no success
    By Hannah Flanders, Muscatine, Iowa
    Last edited by manouli; 07-12-2007 at 11:29 PM.

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    Thumbs up stories

    Thanks for posting stories like these dr. young! I copy paste them and send them to interested long standing spinal cord injured friends. I have about 12 friends on my email list and most all are 20 years post injury. I think it shows that no matter how long we have been hurt we still hold the hope of any kind of recovery. The day is coming for old injuries to be included in inovative treatments too. keep the great articles coming.

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    First Stem Cell Reports Show Two Projects

    July 8, 2007--Posted at 12:45 pm CDT

    JEFFERSON CITY - The first reports required by a new constitutional amendment show just two human embryonic stem cell research projects in Missouri. Voters passed Amendment Two last year.

    It guarantees that all federally allowed stem cell research can occur in Missouri. It also requires institutions to make public reports by the end of June about any human stem cell research conducted in the previous calendar year.

  6. #16
    Safekeep a piece of you now, for use in future

    After LifeCell, Reliance Life Sciences to enter market as stem cell banking picks up

    Swaha Sahoo

    Chandigarh, July 15: The jury is still out on whether stem cell banking should be done by private players. The raging debate, however, is not deterring city residents from banking their children’s stem cells.

    The daughter of a senior Punjab official and son of a bottling giant, for instance, are among those who have given their children this unusual ‘gift’.

    Young professionals in their 20s, too, have fallen hook, line and sinker for stem cell banking.

    When a doctor suggested Rajit Kakkar to opt for cord cell banking before the delivery of his second child, the owner of Silver City, Mohali agreed immediately. His son Aryaman (7) was a leukemia patient. “The doctors suggested that stem cells from the umbilical cord would help in the future treatment if required,” said Kakkar.

    His five-month-old daughter Rishaaya is healthy, but Kakkar is assured that in case of any future problems, Rishaaya or Aryaman can fall back on the stored stem cells.

    Kakkar is one of the 180 clients in the tricity to have taken advantage of the stem cell banking collection facility at Panchkula.

    While the facility set up by LifeCell — a stem cell bank situated in Chennai — is doing well, new entrant Reliance Life Sciences, that has a stem cell bank in Mumbai, is all set to give it a stiff competition.


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    Trail ride fundraiser planned for local toddler

    (Last updated: 7:35 PM)


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    The tickets are purchased, about $20,000 has been raised, and for 18-month old Cameron Petersen's parents, the hope of seeing again is just a month and thousands of miles away.

    Cameron Petersen is a Port Charlotte tot who is legally blind due to Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, and is scheduled to fly to China on Aug. 6 for a case study to undergo umbilical cord stem cell surgery. Petersen's parents, Melissa VanGorp and Zachery Petersen, as well as his grandparents and the lead medical consultant with Stem Cells China, are all optimistic that the procedure will give sight back to the blind toddler.

    After about a month and a half of fundraising, the Petersen family has raised about $20,000 for the flight and surgery, about one-fifth of their goal. Michael Rudden, vice president of the Punta Gorda Horseman's Association, has organized a sponsored trail ride on July 28 to help raise money for Cameron.

    The rides starts at 9 a.m., with three different rides planned — the first one lasting an hour, the second two hours, and the third three hours. Trails will be marked for the rides, and all riders should be back by noon to meet the family. The ride is scheduled to take place at Deep Creek Reserve, Peace River Street, DeSoto County. A number of prizes are to be given away during the event, Rudden said, and everyone is invited. Nonsponsored riders over the age of 18 are asked to pay a $30 donation, and the request for those 17 years or younger is $15. For more information, call 941-639-4107 or e-mail

    "We are still chugging along, and the actual stem-cell part of it is now covered," Carol Petersen, Cameron's grandmother, said earlier this month. "He has his ups and downs. But I just feel really positive about all this."

    The treatment alone costs $15,000. An additional $10,000 to $20,000 is needed for a Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment chamber once Cameron returns home. The family is estimating $100,000 for the total expenses.

    When Cameron was diagnosed with ONH, a leading cause of blindness in children that also interfered with his pituitary gland, his parent's were told there were no treatments available. However, after researching online they found Stem Cells China, where they have successfully infused stem cells into patients suffering from numerous other diseases and disabilities. Stem Cells China has established a 98 percent improvement rate with patients undergoing treatment for other disabilities, according to the organization's Web site.

    This procedure, which is not available in America, takes harvested umbilical cord stem cells and, in a very technical process, the stem cells will then be transplanted into Cameron. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can replenish their numbers for long periods through cell division. Also, after receiving certain chemical signals, the cells can differentiate or transform into specialized cells with specific functions, according to Stem Cells China.

    The study is the first of its kind for ONH patients. The treatment includes four stem cell transfusions of 10 to 15 million stem cells each, Melissa VanGorp said. With each stem cell transplant, they also give the patient a transfusion of "neural growth factors" to encourage the stem cells to find their targets and transform into new neurons.

    After the treatments, Cameron will undergo intense daily therapy programs, which range from speech therapy to a type of Chinese massage, to promote the success of the procedure.

    "Now, we have the technology to help these children to see," Kirshner Ross-Vaden, the vice president of foreign patient relations and the lead medical consultant with Stem Cells China, said. "They don't have to go through their life blind. (But) no one knows for sure, someone has to go first. These kids are the pioneers. They may very well pave the way for all of the children of the future."


  8. #18
    The chimera question

    By Vivek Ramaswamy | July 16, 2007

    WRITERS ranging from ancient Greek and Hindu poets to novelist Michael Crichton have all envisioned the fictional possibility of creating human-animal hybrids. The notion of "chimeras" was particularly horrifying to H.G. Wells, author of "The Island of Dr. Moreau." But over the past two years, the subject has quietly made its way into scientific journals. Unbeknownst to most Americans, today the creation of human-animal chimeras represents a valuable experimental tool that could revolutionize science and medicine.

    However, the creation of these hybrid organisms also raises ethical questions: What rights should these organisms possess? Great Britain has already begun to take up the question; an official government report released last month backed the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos). US policymakers, however, are far from acting.

    One of the main forces driving research in this area is the widespread interest in human embryonic stem cells. In vitro experiments suggest that these cells can differentiate into any cell type in the body, but whether they would retain that potential if implanted in an actual human body is not yet clear. Answering this question could well require experiments that would require the destruction of a developing human being at a point beyond what is acceptable to most people.

    Yet the creation of a human-animal embryonic chimera offers a potential solution: Instead of using a developing human blastocyst, scientists can instead transplant and subsequently observe the human embryonic stem cells in a developing animal blastocyst. Last year Rockefeller University scientist Ali Brivanlou created an embryonic chimera by engrafting human embryonic stem cells into a mouse blastocyst and subsequently implanting the resultant embryo into a live mouse uterus. Experiments of this type offer the opportunity to study the human embryonic stem cells in a living system.

    This is just the beginning. The most revolutionary advances from research on human-animal chimeras are likely to emerge in neuroscience. Scientists at Stanford have already created a mouse with a brain partially composed of human cells; further, they have publicly declared their intent to engineer a mouse whose brain would be entirely human.


  9. #19
    Stem cells can
    be monitored for pluripotency

    A pluripotent stem cell is one that has the ability to develop, or differentiate, into cells of all the three major lineages - endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm
    Invitrogen has launched a new engineered stem cell line that will allow scientists to monitor the pluripotency of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) without sacrificing those cells. The line is the first one with this characteristic to be made generally available for sale. The BG01v/hOG line is obtained by engineering the BG01v hESC line with the Oct-4 promoter, a known pluripotency marker, coupled with a green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter.


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    Mesoblast to Test Donated Adult Stem Cells for Spine Treatment

    By Simeon Bennett

    July 16 (Bloomberg) -- Mesoblast Ltd. said donated adult stem cells will be given to patients suffering a degenerative spinal disease in a world-first clinical study aimed at developing new therapies to repair vertebrae.

    About 45 patients with intervertebral disc disease requiring spinal fusion have been enrolled in the study at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the Melbourne-based company said in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange today. Mesoblast said it safely implanted 10 patients' own stem cells in a pilot trial at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

    More than 300,000 Americans have spinal fusion operations each year in a procedure that requires bone to be removed from the hip and grafted between two vertebrae to bridge a damaged disc. Mesoblast is trying to develop a treatment that avoids bone extraction, subsequently reducing pain and infection risk.

    ``We hope it will result in a very effective therapy without the need for a second procedure,'' said Silviu Itescu, Mesoblast's chief scientific adviser, in a telephone interview today. ``It's a whole new way of generating bone.''


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