Monday, November 29, 2004

MedPol: Victory for Brand StemCell

Stem cells might have their poster girl: a 37-year old South Korean woman who hasn't walked for twenty years, but can now, as multipotent stem cells derived from cord blood were used to repair her spinal cord.

It's a start. The article is a little less than absolutely objective about the implications and potentials of multipotent vs. pleuripotent stem cells, and its assertion that embryonic cells cause tumors is, to my knowledge, based on one isolated study (performed by a former Michigan MD/PHD at Cornell) where two kids that were cured of their certain-death disease later developed a rare leukemia due to a procedure-related genetic insertion (8 others similarly cured have not developed the rare leukemia).

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