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Old 24th December 2009, 03:01 AM
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Default Adult Stem Cells cure

Adult stem cells were taken from the eye of a man blind in one eye, grown in a lab, and then used to repair the other eye, restoring his sight.

http://gizmodo.com/5433391/stem-cells-cure-blind-man

These are ethical stem cells, not embryonic stem cells.
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Old 24th December 2009, 12:45 PM
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Default A similiar story from Florida

I recently read a similiar article in a health magazine refering to a recent case in Florida. An otherwise healthy man in his 50s was suffering from a degenerating heart condition. His blood movement per heart beat was down to 22% of maximim. Anything below 60% is abnormal, and this was considered to be eventually terminal.

His treatment started with the removal of stem cells from scrapings of his skin. These were then flown to Israel where a lab performed something they referred to as "training". Apparently they introduce the stem cells into a sample of heart tissue. After some period of time for growth, the cells were then re-introduced into the patients heart muscle, where thry grew into additional muscle and strengthend the failing heart. At the time the article was written, his blood movement per heartbeat had improved to 56%, and his prognosis is now good.

The stem cells were re-introduced into the patient in a procedure performed in South America. The article did not comment on why the work was performed in Israel and in South America. Perhaps there are FDA restriction of some kind.

In any case, I find this to be a remarkable advancement in medicine, and it is wonderful to know that it doesn't use any embryonic stem cells.
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Old 24th December 2009, 01:14 PM
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embryonic stem cells have different dna from the patient who is being treated, and so any new tissue grown from them is likely to be rejected by the patient's body. Adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells do not have that problem.
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